New IUCN Deputy Director General appointed

18 February 2011 | News story

Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen has been nominated IUCN Deputy Director General. During 2005-2010, Poul Engberg-Pedersen was Director General of Norad, which is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He led the transformation of Norad from an implementing agency to a policy-supporting knowledge centre for Norway’s development cooperation. This included its global initiatives on biodiversity, rain forests, climate change and clean energy.

Poul Engberg-Pedersen has worked for the United Nations on refugee issues in Africa, and for the World Bank on governance and anti-corruption. Between 1994 and 2002, he headed a Danish government research centre on development and worked on environmental management and development effectiveness for a Danish consultancy company. Achieving results on the ground has been his ambition throughout his career, starting in Ethiopia in 1977. Since then he has shifted between knowledge development and top management positions.

Poul Engberg-Pedersen is a Danish citizen. He is 57 years-old and has a PhD in political science and development studies. He will join IUCN on 16 May 2011.