Director & Regional Representative, Regional Office for Africa
United Nations Environment Programme
Ms. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, UNEP Director and Regional Representative for Africa is a
national of Benin. Ms. Koudenoukpo has a wealth of experience in international development assistance and 24 years of experience in environmental projects and programmes management. She has worked with a wide range of international organizations, including UNDP and IUCN and leading international institutions working in the area of environment, addressing sustainable development and poverty reduction. She has been involved in multi-country project design, development, management and resource mobilization in numerous countries within Western, Southern, Eastern, and Central Africa. From 2007 to 2008 she held the position of Minister of Environment and Nature Protection for the Benin government. Before joining UNEP in September 2015, Ms. Koudenoukpo, was with Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) where she was the Director of Programmes, and with Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation where she was the Regional Director for Africa.
Ms. Koudenoukpo holds an MSc. degree in Forestry Economics, a PhD. degree in Public Policy and Administration, and an expert diploma in Renewable Energy.