Rolph Antoine Payet

Rolph Antoine Payet
  • Minister of Environment and Energy
    Ministry of Environment and Energy of Seychelles

Rolph Antoine Payet, with a PhD in Environmental Science, is currently President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles and Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Seychelles. Payet is founding member/trustee of the Global Island Partnership, the Sea Level Rise Foundation, the Seychelles University Foundation, the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology, the Island Conservation Society and the Silhouette Foundation. He has been instrumental in increasing the visibility and impact of numerous regional and international organizations, such as the International Coral Reef Initiative (Co-Chair 2003-2005). Recently, Payet has been invited to sit on numerous international conference committees and panels, and as moderator/speaker on climate change, biodiversity and island issues. Recently, he was invited by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to participate in a panel on the Millennium Development Goals at the UN General Assembly. His work has also been covered by international media, such as CNN and the BBC. In November 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC Lead Author.