United Nations Environment Programme environment for development

Position: Regional Director and Representative
Phone: +66 2 288 1870
Area (s) of Expertise: Kaveh Zahedi took up the post of Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific at the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP) on the 2nd of January 2014.

Before joining UNEP ROAP, Mr. Zahedi was Deputy Director of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), overseeing work on green economy, resource efficiency, energy, chemicals, ozone and waste. In addition to his role as Deputy, he set up, secured major funding for and headed the Secretariat of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) for reducing short lived climate pollutant - a major initiative to help countries protect human health and the environment and slow the rate of near term climate change. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Mr. Zahedi was the UNEP Climate Change Coordinator responsible for UNEP’s climate programme and work with the UNFCCC, during which time he helped set up major partnerships such as the UN-REDD Programme with UNDP and FAO.

Mr. Zahedi was also the Acting Director of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre from 2004-2007. He worked at UNEP headquarters in Kenya from 1995-1999 and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico from 1999-2004.

Before joining UNEP, he worked at a non-governmental organisation in the UK as project manager overseeing micro credit and related development projects.

An Iranian and British national, Mr. Zahedi holds a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc (Econ.) first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.