A recognized and respected figure of the environment, Monique Barbut has followed a career devoted to public service and multilateralism.
After studying economics, Mrs Barbut had a long career in different positions at the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD), the main French public institution for aid in development.
As a member of the French government delegation to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, she 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.
From 2003 to 2006 she headed the Technology, Industry and Economics Division of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) before becoming CEO and President of the GEF in June 2006.
In 2013, the United Nations Secretary General appointed her as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
In addition to these functions, she became Under Secretary General of the United Nations in 2016.
She joined the Board of trustees of WWF France in 2014 and became its President in January 2021.
Mrs Barbut joined IFFIm’s Board of Directors on 1 July 2021.
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