Cristiana Pasca Palmer

Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

MPA, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; MSc in Systems Ecology and Management of Natural Capital, University of Bucharest; PhD in International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Formerly: various positions with local and international civil society organizations in Eastern Europe, with World Bank Group/IFC, Washington DC, and in academia as a policy researcher and teacher, Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Founder and President, Green Cross Romania; Country Director, Romania, Fauna & Flora International. 2010-11, Policy Analyst, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. 2011-15, Head, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources Unit, European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. 2015-17, Romania’s Minister for Environment, Waters and Forests; oversaw eight subordinated agencies,totalling approximately 30,000 staff and a $250 million annual budget. Since March 2017, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Former Vice-President, United Nations Environmental Assembly’s Bureau (UNEA 1); one of two appointed EU negotiators on behalf of the European Commission for the Rio+20 Summit in 2012. Recipient of awards and honours.

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