Who's who in #globaldev: February 2019 appointments

Inger Andersen is the new executive director of the U.N. Environment Programme. Photo by: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND


U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Inger Andersen as the new head of the U.N. Environment Programme. She replaces Erik Solheim, who resigned in November following an internal audit that revealed excessive travel costs.

Andersen served in various roles focusing on the environment throughout her career. Prior to the appointment, she was director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She also served in various positions at the World Bank, including as vice president for the Middle East and North Africa.

About the author

  • Ravelo jennylei

    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.