Desta Mebratu   

Dr. Desta Mebratu is an Ethiopian national currently working for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A chemical engineer by background, he has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University, Sweden and an MBA in International Business from American University of London. Dr. Mebratu has more than 23 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organizations. He joined UNEP in August 2003 and worked as the Regional Industry Officer for Africa until July 2008. From August 2008 to July 2011, he worked as Head of the global Business and Industry Programme of UNEP. In July 2011, he was appointed as the Deputy Regional Director of UNEP Regional Office for Africa. His main areas of expertise are: Resource efficient and cleaner production, environmental management systems, sustainable development policies and Green Economy. He published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference reports.