Dr. Stefanos Fotiou
Office of Sustainable Development Goals
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Dr. Stefanos Fotiou is an international expert on environment and sustainable development with over 25 years of experience in the United Nations system, private sector and research organisations. He currently serves as Director in the Office of Sustainable Development Goals in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). In this role, Stefanos is responsible for the overall coordination of FAO engagement in the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review, including by guiding FAO offices at national and regional level to reflect relevant priorities in the voluntary national reviews and the regional sustainable development fora. Prior to this Stefanos served 5 and half years as Director in the Environment and Development Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as well as 10 years in various roles in the UN Environment Programme. Highlights of his achievements include successfully leading intergovernmental negotiations resulting in specific normative outcomes, establishing new initiatives on technical cooperation and capacity development as well as ideating and steering analytical work in the substantive areas of his responsibility. Before joining the UN, he had worked for the private sector and academia on issues of regional sustainable development. Throughout his career, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international fora, has conceptualised and led the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Environment.
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