Rui Zhang  UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit (EE
        0

Rui has extensive experience with the UN - from 2005 to 2014, she has worked with UNDESA in New York, the Secretariat of the CBD in Montreal and UNEP in Nairobi.  Her work has covered sustainable development issues, forest, biodiversity, energy and sustainable consumption production issues,  and most recently, South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Prior to joining the UN, Rui was an urban planner in China.  Her recent professional activities have expanded to the fields of academia and scientific research. She is a research associate with the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and the Quebec Center of Biodiversity Science since August 2014, specializing in education on biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainable development.

Rui holds a Bachelor of Engineering from China, and a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management from Technical University of Munich in Germany.

 

Ms. Zhang Rui is currently coordinating UNEP’s work on environmental education and training, including the activities under the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES).

 

Over the past 10 years, Rui has been working with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in New York, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, and UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work covers the issues of sustainable development, energy, consumption and production, forests and natural resources, small island developing states (SIDS), biodiversity, environmental education and South-South Cooperation.

 

She contributed to the communication strategy and publications for the International Year of Forests and International Year of Biodiversity. At CBD COP10 in 2010, she organized the first South-South Cooperation Forum for the adoption of a Multi-Year Plan of Action in contributing to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Strategic Plan. In 2013, she organized the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo, hosted by UNEP in Nairobi.

 

In her current work on environmental education, Rui is building UNEP’s collaboration with university partners and leading the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)- the current MOOC is titled Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking.

 

Rui holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) China, and a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management from Technical University of Munich in Germany. She also studied in Bochum (Rhur) University, Germany, in Computational Engineering.