Inger Andersen

Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

1982, with an NGO in Sudan, providing support to rehabilitation and dryland management in the post-drought emergency; 1987, joined the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office, New York; 1992, appointed UNDP Coordinator for the Arab Region, Global Environment Facility. 1999, joined the World Bank; work focused on water, environment, and sustainable development with special focus on Africa and Middle East; with the Environment Vice-Presidency on water resources and regional seas issues, with special emphasis on large and contested river basins; then in managerial positions, Africa and Middle East regions, managing sustainable development programmes and projects; 2010, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, and Head, CGIAR Fund Council; 2012, Vice-President, Middle East and North Africa, overseeing the Bank's lending portfolio and mobilizing government and donor resources for fragile and conflict states and development priorities; former Vice-President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, responsible for leading the Bank's strategy as well as policy and operational engagement with the region during a time of complex and challenging historic transition. Since January 2015, Director-General, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.