Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw is the Deputy Executive Director for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations since August 2013. Mr. Thiaw plays a critical role in providing leadership and shaping the strategic vision and direction of the organization as weel as direct oversight to the development of the programme and catalyzing UNEP’s political engagement with governments and the relationship with UNEP's Governing Bodies, including the United Nations Environmental Assembly. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Thiaw served as the Director of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI). Before joining UNEP in 2007, Mr. Thiaw worked as the IUCN Regional Director for West Africa and later as the Acting Director-General of IUCN. Mr. Thiaw holds an advanced degree in Forestry and Forest product techniques.