As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Berta PESTI was among the 20 women selected.
Berta is a technical advisor on REDD+ finance at UNDP’s REDD+ team based in Geneva and the interim head of the Secretariat of the Central Africa Forest Initiative, a multi-donor fund to support the conservation of Central African forests. Previously she worked in the area of low emission development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions at UNDP, environment and local development at UNITAR in Geneva and at the World Bank Institute and in the humanitarian field as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Berta is a member of the IUCN Committee on Environmental Law and the energy law specialist group thereof. She holds an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London, an LLM in Environmental Law and Land Use Planning and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Pollutions from the University of Strasbourg and a JD in Law from the University Eotvos Lorand of Budapest, Hungary. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Hungarian.