Keith Alverson joins UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) as its new director in July 2016 following five years as the Coordinator of Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.
In this role he coordinated, inter alia, UNEP's Ecosystems Based Adaptation Climate Change program of work and the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network. From 2004-2011, Keith served as Head of Ocean Observations and Services at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and director of the Global Ocean Observing System, based in Paris, France.
Prior to 2004, he was director of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme's core project Past Global Changes (PAGES) in Bern, Switzerland. Keith has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995). He has over 100 publications and has served on number of high level scientific panels.
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Mahesh PRADHAN joined IETC from UNEP HQs in Nairobi, where he served as Chief of UNEP's Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU), which supported UNEP's seven thematic priorities, namely Climate Change, Ecosystems Management, Disasters and Conflicts, Environmental Governance, Toxic Chemicals and Hazardous Wastes Management, Resource Efficiency, and Environment under Review.
From Nairobi, Mahesh oversaw UNEP’s engagement with the higher education community, in disseminating UNEP's knowledge products amongst relevant stakeholders in academia, while also ensuring their involvement in the development of UNEP's knowledge products and other reports. This was facilitated through the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which promoted the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement, the management of universities including greening of university infrastructure/operations, as well as enhance student engagement and participation in sustainability activities both within and beyond universities. Currently, over 800 Universities are affiliated with UNEP's growing global GUPES network, with strong participation of Universities from developing regions, namely Africa (MESA), Asia-Pacific (RUC-AP), and Latin America and the Caribbean (GUPES-LAC and ARIUSA).
Prior to his assignment in Nairobi, Mahesh was based at UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok for over 16 years, where he headed the Regional and Sub-regional Cooperation component and also served as the interim Director of the AIT-UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific.
With over 20 years of experience with UNEP, Mahesh will focus on on Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), strengthening the waste education and outreach portfolio, as well as serve as project manager for the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) at IETC.
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Mylvakanam Iyngararasan recently joined the International Environmental Technology Centre. Prior to this, he has been working in the UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office and UN Environment Law Division for over ten years. Iyngararasan has twenty years’ experience in contributing to the development of science, capacity, partnerships, and solutions for addressing chemicals, waste and air pollution issues.
He is a Sri Lankan National and holds a Master of Engineering degree from School of Civil Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and a BSc (Agricultural Engineering) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Iyngararsan is married with one child and enjoy reading during free time
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Shunichi Honda joined UNEP IETC in May 2015. Prior joining UNEP, Shunichi was a senior officer in the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. Shunichi’s contributions to the international programmes on waste management include: significant contributions to the Compliance Committee for the implementation of the Basel Convention; contributions to the Expert Working Group on the Environmentally Sound Management, Asia E-waste projects implemented under Basel; Asia Network for prevention of illegal transboundary movements of hazardous waste, etc.
He drafted the Basel Convention Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury Wastes. Shunichi is recognised as one of the key negotiators for the Article 11 (mercury wastes) of the Minamata Convention during its negotiations.
He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Shizuoka, Japan, and he completed a postdoctoral course in Tsinghua University, P.R.China.
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Claudia Giacovelli joined UNEP IETC in February 2016. Based at the IETC Office in Osaka, her focus is to develop and implement technical cooperation projects to promote the uptake of environmentally sound technologies and approaches, as a way to achieve social, economic and environmental benefits.
Her background is in development economics and social sciences. Since 2010 and prior to UNEP, Claudia has served for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Africa, as part of the energy and climate change branch, working on projects aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change while fast-tracking the transition towards a low carbon economy.
Ms. Qing XU “Suzie” joined IETC in September 2017 as an intern working on disaster waste management and waste management to urban resilience. Suzie has a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Tongji University. After obtaining her master’s degree from Colorado State University, she worked at the Sichuan Provincial Environmental Protection Department in China for 6 years with a focus on policy research on environmental and economic issues. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Environment at Sichuan University - looking for solutions for resilient cities. Prior to IETC, she participated in the EU-China twining programme on climate change and sustainable cities in Paris for 3 months.
Anudari Achitsaikhan is an intern at IETC working on waste to energy research, specifically in the context of Mongolia. She has a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in Canada, and a MSc. in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has previously interned at the FAO in Rome researching the sustainability of bioenergy from bio-ethanol and biodiesel. She has also worked at UNESCAP where she assisted in writing case studies for the State of the Environment report, focusing primarily on natural resource use trends and policies in Southeast Asia.
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Andrea Wehrli joins IETC on a Mercator Fellowship, a fully funded young professional program that runs for 13 months. During this year Andrea will work with 2-3 international organizations for sustainable waste and resource management. Prior to IETC, she had her first placement at ISWA, the International Solid Waste Association.
Andrea holds a MSc. In Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich and was employed as Waste and Recycling Specialist at the World Economic Forum. She further co-founded the Zero Waste Shop ‘Chez Mamie Zurich' , where you can buy products without packaging. She strongly believes in the importance and need of an integrated resource management to ensure a healthy society and a healthy environment.