Panel 4: 
Revitalizing multi-lateral cooperation and action (Part 2: Poverty, Food & Water)

Former Chairman of Global Environmental Facility

Mohamed T. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow with the United Nations Foundation. Dr. El-Ashry served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which he helped establish, from 1994 to 2003. He also served as Chairman of the GEF during its Pilot Phase (1991-1994). 

Prior to joining the GEF, he served as Chief  Environmental  Adviser to the President and Director of the Environment Department at the World Bank, as Senior Vice President of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and as Director of Environmental Quality with the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

He has held teaching and research positions at Cairo University, Pan-American-U.A.R. Oil Company, Wilkes University and the Environmental Defense Fund. He has also served as Senior Environmental Adviser to UNDP, as Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the 1992 UN Earth Summit, and as a member of a number of International Commissions and Task Forces including the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence, the International Commission on Climate Change and Development, and the World Water Commission. He is also the Chairman of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Dr. El-Ashry received his B.S. Degree with honors in 1959 from the University of Cairo and M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in Geology from the University of Illinois. He is the editor and co-author of three books and has published or presented more than 250 papers.

Dr. El-Ashry is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Third World and African Academies of Sciences and is listed in American Men and Women of Science and Men of Achievement. 

He has received a number of international honors and awards including the Champions of the Earth and the Haub Prize for International Environmental Diplomacy. He serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Resources for the Future.

For more information about Mohamed T. El-Ashry, visit the United Nations Foundation website.

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