Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, UN Environment Programme Director and Regional Representative for Africa has a wealth of experience in international development and over 30 years managing development initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and Africa with a focus on the environment, community livelihood, and gender equality. She has worked with a range of international organizations developing, managing, and mobilizing resources. Dr. Biao pioneered ground-breaking initiatives including participatory management of protected areas. She has previously served as the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection in Benin as well as Acting Minister of Family and Child. Dr. Biao holds a PhD in public policy and administration, an M.Sc. in forestry economics as well as other numerous academic and professional certificates. She received the Global Women Leadership and Green Future Leadership Award for her leadership and achievements in the field of environmental management and sustainable development.
Dr. Biao has been awarded the highest title of Commander of the National Order of Merit in Benin.