Team

Salman Hussain

Salman Hussain

TEEB Coordinator

Salman Hussain is the TEEB Coordinator and the Head a.i. of the for Ecosystem Services Economics Unit (ESEU) in UNEP. The Unit currently has 18 staff and consultants working on the core TEEB-ESEU mandate, i.e. shifting economic decision-making through recognizing, demonstrating and capturing the values of nature. The three main programmatic areas of work are on TEEB for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood), natural capital accounting through the application of SEEA Ecosystem Accounting, and a new work area on the interface between terrestrial and coastal ecosystems – TEEB4Coasts. Salman is the UNEP focal point for Action Track 3 in the Food Systems Summit on ‘Nature-positive food production’ and also co-leads the UNEP Task Team on food systems. Salman was awarded his PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh; his PhD focused on the economics of the ‘greening’ of industry, with a specific emphasis on eco-innovations and eco-labelling. Prior to joining UNEP in 2014 Salman was a researcher and the Programme Director of the Masters in Ecological Economics in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Sarah Cheroben

Sarah Cheroben

Programme Management Assistant

Sarah Cheroben has over 10 years of work experience in environmental field having been engaged in different aspects of programme design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. She has experience conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Audits (EAs) having worked with the private sector and interned with Kenya’s national government Ministry of Environment and Mineral resources and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA-Kenya).

She joined UN family as a National United Nations Volunteer in 2010 where she worked for the UN Environment Congo Basin Project “The Mayombe Transboundary project” within the Terrestrial Unit, Ecosystem Division. Her work was later expanded to cover Great Apes Survival Partnership and EU funded Mau Forest Projects. Her work also included support in the implementation of programmes such as Climate Change Adaptation, GEF Climate Change Enabling Activities and the UN REDD.

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science (Agroforestry and Rural Development) and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Marcio Verde Selva

Marcio Verde Selva

Technical Consultant

Marcio worked in the TEEB office in Geneva between 2017 and 2018 and re-joined in January 2019. He is currently based at the UN Environment Office in Brazil. As a technical consultant he supports project stakeholders towards mainstreaming the consideration for ecosystems and biodiversity in decision making and public policy.

Before his specialization in environmental economics, Marcio worked for international non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace and have experience with multilateral negotiation processes, campaign engagement, and partnership building at various levels. Marcio holds a master’s in environmental economics from the University of Bologna, a degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Western Australia.

Helena Pinto

Helena Pinto

Project Analyst

Helena is a biologist, holds a Master’s degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Helena has more than 8 years of experience working with topics related to biodiversity conservation, land-use change, environmental economics, and political ecology. Throughout her career, she has obtained experience in developing and managing interdisciplinary projects that aim at conciliating nature conservation and future human needs.

In her Ph.D., Helena has assessed the role of the “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECMs) established in Aichi Target 11 (CBD), and the effectiveness of local communities in avoiding deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Helena is supporting the UNEP-Brazil office, with a special focus on the TradeHub and TEEB Agrifood projects

David Tyner

David Tyner

Graphic Design Intern

David Tyner is a graphic designer based in Geneva, specializing in print and digital design, branding strategy, and illustration. David has earned his degree in Graphic Design from the Art University of Bournemouth which is where he discovered his passion for producing digital content. As part of his degrees, he has worked alongside renowned organisations such as Cern and the IOM. David’s mission is to create joyful and bonding experiences that not only elevate how we relate to and treat each other but how we express ourselves and form opinions based on reason, understanding and legitimacy.

Away from David’s professional interests, he enjoys expressing his artistic side through photography and 3D mediums such as polymer clay. Outdoors activity is an important daily fix to David, whether it’s running, hiking, swimming or camping.

Past Members

Past Members

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Anita Beck, Nicolas Bertrand, Mouhamed Diallo, Chloe Hill, Jasmin Hundorf, Evans Koech, Georgina Langdale, David Diaz Martin, Lena Mkwara, Edwin Onyach, Sharon Oseku-Frainier, Anita Sandana, Mark Schauer, Kavita Sharma, Ben Simmons, Dustin (Miller) Wenzel, Selome Tadesse-Worku

Mónica López

Mónica López

Programme Officer

Mónica López has been working at UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya for the past two years, managing projects on mainstreaming, natural capital accounting and ecosystem service valuation. Previously at UN Environment, she worked at the joint UN Development Programme- UN Environment Poverty Environment Initiative as Regional Advisor in the Africa Region. where she liaised directly with the country teams to develop and mainstream tools for sustainability and poverty reduction into national development planning.

Prior to the UN, she worked on Environmental and Food Security Framework Contracts for the European Commission and before that she worked mainly on community based natural resource management in Mozambique and various Latin American countries and pursued her PhD on community participatory tools and education for sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in foreign cooperation.

Edwina Matano

Edwina Matano

Programme Management Assistant

Edwina joins the unit as a Programme Management Assistant. She has over eight years of experience in the fields of programme management, finance, budget and administration and prior to joining the team, she worked in various UN offices, that is the UNEP Africa Office as a Finance and Budget Assistant, the Ecosystems Division under the Nairobi Convention Secretariat as a Programme Management Assistant and in UNON as a Treasury assistant. Before joining the UN, Edwina worked in the private sector providing support in the fields of finance, budget and administration.

Edwina holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Finance major and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Nairobi. While not working, Edwina enjoys being creative and planning for the next adventure with her family.

Rebeca Leonard

Rebeca Leonard

Technical Consultant

Rebeca Leonard joined the TEEB team in September 2019 and is based at the UNEP Regional Office for the Asia Pacific to support the TEEB programme implementation in Thailand and Malaysia. Rebeca is a law graduate with a postgraduate degree in Environment and Development with twenty years professional experience in development policy research and analysis. Her research work has centred on analysis of approaches for promoting sustainable livelihoods of low income communities in developing countries, focusing on agrarian reform and community and smallholder tenure of land and natural resources, and more recently on agri-food policy and initiatives to support men and women small-scale farmers and food producers, and measures to monitor and improve food safety. She has worked with various local and international NGOs in support of community based organisations, as well as bilateral and multilateral agencies in the South East Asia region, including Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.

Maria Paula

Maria Paula

Programme Management Officer

Maria Paula joined TEEB as a Programme Management Officer. Her experience has focused mostly on managing projects on climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation, and livelihoods within the agricultural sector. Among others, she previously worked with GIZ and the OECD (Trade and Agriculture Directorate – Environment Division); and managed a USAID agricultural and livelihoods development project in Uganda. She holds a Master (cum laude) in International Development from Sciences Po, Paris and a Master in Cooperation and Development from the University of Granada, Spain.

Maria Paula has lived and worked in 8 countries across Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Lucy Cockerell

Lucy Cockerell

Programme Affairs Intern

Lucy Cockerell joined ESE-TEEB as an intern in September 2019. At TEEB, her role is to support the implementation of TEEB project activities by conducting research, assisting with the organisation of meetings and outreach events as well as supporting communication activities. She holds an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Economics, Business Administration and CSR from Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. Lucy has international experience in conservation, CSR, working for an environmental NGO and volunteering in developing countries with wildlife conservation and environmental management. She also has experience in conducting and maintaining high-quality research projects, writing scientific reports and is presently publishing her MSc thesis in Marine Policy.

Past Interns

Past Interns

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Chelsea Baldino, Francine Brondex, Luisa Sette Camara, Gabriella Cevallos, Jiyuan Chen, Alena Cierna, Dalton Conner, Tshala Gordon, Anna Heuberger, Celine Krebs, Sam McClendon, Gwenael Podesta,

William Speller

William Speller

Programme Officer

Will joined the TEEB Office in November 2018 to work on the natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services and the implementation of the TEEB for Agriculture and Food projects. Will is a development and agricultural economist with a decade of experience in public policy, advising governments on national development and agricultural strategies, and environmental policy frameworks. Prior to joining UN Environment, he worked at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, the World Bank Group, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Bank of England. Will holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from University of London.

Khushboo Purshotam Ugandamal

Khushboo Purshotam Ugandamal

Finance and Program Assistant

Khushboo has joined the unit as a Finance and Program assistant. Prior to joining the ESE Unit, Khush worked as a Finance assistant for the Finance Management unit in Ecosystem Division.

She started her UN career as an Intern at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in 2016 and later joined as a UNV in September 2017. Before she joined the UN, she worked at the private sector as a Finance and Administrative Assistant.

She received her BA in International business with a concentration in Finance and she is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the United States International University- Africa. Outside of work, Khush enjoys travelling and meeting people from different cultures.

Simi Thambi

Simi Thambi

Technical Consultant

Simi Thambi joined the TEEB team in March 2020 and is based at the UNEP office in New Delhi. She is managing stakeholder engagement and coordination for policy implementation of the TEEBAgriFood project in India.

Simi is passionate about driving science based action using integrated approaches, especially land, water and energy nexus concerns emerging in the face of economic growth. Before joining UNEP, she worked for key organizations in the Government of India, including NITI Aayog, the government think tank where she led the work on building an energy systems model, and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, where she helped prepare India’s Second Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC. Simi has also held short term assignments with IMF in Washington DC and UNDP in New Delhi.

She holds a PhD in International Economics from Yokohama National University, Japan and speaks five languages English, Hindi, Malayalam, Japanese and French.

Camille Thoumyre

Camille Thoumyre

Programme Consultant

Camille Thoumyre joined TEEB in September 2020. As a programme consultant, she is supporting the coordination of the UN Task Force for the UN Food Systems Summit.

She holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Liberal Arts (Sociology and International Relations) from the University of Exeter, UK. Throughout her studies, Camille has conducted several research projects on topics such as biodiversity conservation, climate change resilience, marine water pollution policy, and environmental behaviour. She has previously worked for various NGOs focusing on community development, positive social and environmental change, fair agricultural trade, and women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship. Camille has lived, studied and worked in seven different countries. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, hiking, and camping.

Anita Koralewicz

Anita Koralewicz

Programme Support Intern

Anita Koralewicz joined TEEB in June 2021. As a Programme Support Intern she is collaborating with the WWF to support the management of Action Track 3 in the Food Systems Summit on ‘Nature-positive food production’. She is currently working remotely from Copenhagen.

Anita holds a MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include climate change adaptation, food systems transformation and ecological economics. Her MSc dissertation examined the impact of tree-retention policies on cocoa agroforestry in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Previously, she has worked with Canadian provincial and federal governments on agricultural climate adaptation programming as well as on the governance and communications of Canada’s climate plan. She is passionate about everything food and enjoys cooking great meals with friends, gardening and climbing.

Tomas Declercq

Tomas Declercq

Programme Officer

Tomas Declercq joined the UN Environment Programme in 2019 to support governments in integrating the values of nature’s contributions to people into decision making. He is an environmental economist with a decade of experience in public policy, advising governments on ecosystem service valuation processes, national development and agricultural strategies, and environmental emergency response.

Tomas has moved across three UN duty stations and worked for four UN agencies. Prior to joining the UN Environment Programme, he has been with UN OCHA to support the integration of environmental considerations in humanitarian response, including as a member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team. He previously provided technical assistance at UNDP Peru on the Poverty Environment Initiative and has worked for two years as an Agricultural Policy Advisor for the Belgian EU Presidency. He also held short-term assignments for FAO Ecuador and the ITC-ILO. Tomas holds a Master in Economics from Leuven University (KUL), a Master in European Policies (Saint-Louis, Brussels) and a Post Graduate in Environmental Management and Economics from the University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies. Tomas speaks English, Spanish and French.

Jacob Salcone

Jacob Salcone

Programme Officer

Jacob Salcone joined TEEB in April 2018. As a technical consultant, he helps governments and researchers use microeconomic tools to quantify and value the human benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Jacob previously worked for IUCN, calculating the economic value of marine and coastal ecosystems to inform resource management decisions in Pacific Island countries. He holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in International Sustainable Development from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently modelling the land-use change impacts of payment for ecosystem service programs in Mexico in pursuit of a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. He has conducted community development research in California and South America and helped rural communities in the Western US resolve water and sanitation problems.

Anna Hellge

Anna Hellge

Communications Specialist

Anna Hellge is joining TEEB as a Communications Specialist. She has previous experience as a Freelance Reporter for various German and international publications. Her focus as a Journalist has been on human resilience and solutions, instead of problems. She has also worked as a Communications Consultant with GIZ and in Public Information for UNHCR Ethiopia. Anna has lived, studied and worked in 9 countries. She has a BA degree in English Speaking Cultures and Religious Science from the University of Bremen, Germany and undertook a German Turkish Double Degree MA Programme in Transcultural Communication at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Anna is passionate about storytelling – whether in written or visual form – and is eager to integrate a storytelling approach into her work with TEEB.

Naomi Young

Naomi Young

Programme Support Intern

Naomi Young joined TEEB as a Programme Support intern in December 2020. She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London (UK), and a BSc in Physical Geography from Durham University (UK). Her academic and research interests have been predominately concerned with climate change, environmental conservation, and environmental remote sensing, with a focus on the interdisciplinary relationship between environment and society. These interests have also been supported by her previous experience with IUCN and the Global Protected Areas Programme, with a focus on biodiversity conservation, environmental law and policy, and bottom-up conservation initiatives involving local and indigenous communities. In her free time, Naomi enjoys hiking and walking outdoors, improving her landscape photography, and discovering new music.

Marco Morettini

Marco Morettini

Programme Support Intern

Marco Morettini joined TEEB in June 2021 and is currently working remotely from Cupramontana, his hometown in Italy.

As a Programme Support Intern he is collaborating with the WWF to support the management of Action Track 3 on “Nature-positive food production” in the Food Systems Summit. More specifically, within the Action Track 3, he is working with the Global Soil Hub.

Marco will soon get a MSc in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development at the University of Bologna and holds a BSc in Economic and Business at the Polytechnic University of Marche. Furthermore, he spent the whole 3rd year of BSc at the University of Lille through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

His research interests include development economics, food systems, behavioral economics, bioeconomy, energy systems and sustainable management of natural resources. He is currently drawing up his MSc thesis on the impacts of regenerative agriculture on food systems transformation.

He is passionate about football and plays as a goalkeeper. In this regard, he spent three years around Italy, one semester in Spain and the year in France playing at high-amateur levels.

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