Monika is an environmental physiologist, having received her BSc, MSc and Doctorate in plant biotechnology and genetic engineering in Canada. For the past 30 or so years, she has worked extensively in applied science and technology innovation in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and coastal and marine development. Prior to joining the UN Environment Programme, her work experience in Canada and South Africa included academia, policy implementation, environmental decision support systems, environmental assessments, multi-stakeholder and private sector partnerships, small, medium and micro-enterprise technology transfer and capacity development. Monika has incorporated her multi-disciplinary science and technology background to environmental policy through her work at UNEP at the regional level, partnership management as the Deputy Director at UNEP-WCMC, and later as Deputy Director and Chief of both the Capacity Development, and the Scientific Assessment Branches in UNEP's Science Division. Until mid-January 2020, Monika was Deputy Director, and headed the Operations and Programme Delivery Branch of UNEP's Ecosystems Division. She is now Chief of the Chemicals and Health Branch in UNEP’s Economy Division overseeing UNEP's work in chemicals, waste, pollution and health, e-mobility, and the strategic partnership on waste management at the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) located in Osaka, Japan.
Chief, Chemicals & Health Branch, Economy Division, UNEP