The Executive Secretary

IBRAHIM THIAW
IBRAHIM THIAW

Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in February 2019.

Mr. Thiaw brings to the position 40 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental governance and natural resource management. In 2018, he was the UN Special Adviser for the Sahel to support the ongoing efforts to advance the recalibration of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and the emerging Sahel Support Plan. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he played a critical role in shaping the organization's strategic vision and mandate, overseeing the development and implementation of the mid-term strategy and programme of work. Before joining UNEP in 2007, he worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, last serving as Acting Director-General.