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Zitouni Ould-Dada

Deputy Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

Dr. Ould-Dada is Deputy Director in the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leading FAO’s coordination of climate change and Energy workstream. He is currently member of the “UN COP27 Task Team” established by the UN Secretary General to offer “One UN” support the COP27 Egyptian Presidency. Before joining FAO, he was Head of Technology Unit at UNEP for five yearsleading work on technology, climate change, renewables and energy efficiency. He was member of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team developing the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and its Annual Science Technology and Innovation Forum to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He worked for the British Government for 15 years providing policy and technical advice on many areas including food safety; environmental policy; climate change; energy policy; radiation protection; and science and technology. He was the Lead Negotiator on International Climate Change and Technology for the UK (2008-2012) and France (2008). He chaired negotiations on technology transfer, agriculture, blue carbon, and nature and ecosystems which contributed to reaching the landmark Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. His international responsibilities also included Chair of EU Expert Group on Technology; Chair of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee; and Member of UN Task Team for producing a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019. Dr. Ould-Dada, a national of Morocco and UK, holds a PhD in Environmental/Radiation Protection from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom; a Master Degree in Environmental Management and Planning, Université de Rennes, France; and a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Perpignan, France.