Councillor Biographies

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); former CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Monique Barbut, a French national, is Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification . Previously, she was Special Advisor to the CEO of Agence Française de Développement Group and Advisor to UNIDO's Roundtable on the Green Economy. Beforehand she was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining the GEF, Mrs. Barbut served as Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 2003 to 2006. She held different positions in the french aid system from 1981 to 2003 at  which point she was managing director of Agence Francaise de Developpement in charge of all french departments and territories overseas as well as all states of Indian, Pacific, and Caribbean Oceans. As a member of the French government delegation to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Mrs. Barbut was a key player in the financing negotiations, and later on an active negotiator in the creation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as well as the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF), to which she was appointed first Chief Executive Officer. Monique Barbut holds a M. Phil. in Economics and a B.A. in English. She studied Masters in Economics, option International Finance at the University Paris, at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (I.H.E. / Paris II).

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