Director of Disasters and Conflicts

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Gary Lewis is the Director of Disasters and Conflicts at the Crisis Management Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Gary Lewis has more than 30 years of working experience with the United Nations, most of which in the field in eight duty stations. He joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in early January 2018 as UN Resident Coordinator and UNEP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He started his career in 1987 as a National Officer with the United Nations  Development Programme (UNDP) in Barbados. In 1993, he joined the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, India, and Thailand where he served last as Regional Representative before moving to Iran.

Gary’s involvement in environmental issues began in the context of combating illegal logging, wildlife crime, and trafficking. In Iran, he worked on restoring the depleted water levels in Lake Urmia and countering sand and dust storms that affects vast swathes of the planet. He also focused on elevating the importance of environmental security particularly through social media.

Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Queen’s University in Canada and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, UK, as a Chevening Scholar. He is also a published author on the local history of his native Barbados and has written and contributed to many academic articles related to drug control and crime prevention.