The United Nations University (UNU) announced today that Dr Fatima Denton has been appointed as the next Director of the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), effective 10 September 2018.
The Ghana-based Institute contributes to the sustainable development, management, and governance of Africa’s renewable and non-renewable natural resources. In addition to its main office in Accra, UNU-INRA also conducts research and training activities through a network of operating units in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal, and Zambia.
Prior to joining UNU, Dr Denton has worked in Ethiopia since 2012 with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which is principally concerned with natural capital and their interactions with sustainable development. Her roles included Director of the Natural Resource Management Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre.
Before that, Dr Denton was a Programme Leader with the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she managed high-impact action research. She previously worked as an energy scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme Risoe Centre (Denmark) and as an energy programme manager with Enda Tiers Monde (Senegal).
Dr Denton has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and books. She is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on climate change and land; the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III, and the Working Group II Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports; and the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation.
Dr Denton has served on numerous scientific committees and boards, including the Independent Scientific Committee of the CGIAR Climate Change and Food Security Programme, and is a current member of the advisory board of Future Earth and a trustee for the UK-based International Institute on Environment and Development.
She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham (UK).
For more, see today’s press release: United Nations University Appoints Dr Fatima Denton as Director of Its Ghana Institute.