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Marco Keiner is the Director of the Environment Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Marco Keiner is the Director of the Environment Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since 2011. Prior to joining UNECE, he was as a Spatial Planner in the cantonal administrations of Zurich and St. Gallen. Subsequently, he worked in development aid in Mali and Benin where he drafted his doctoral thesis on sustainability-oriented land use planning in the Sahel zone.

From 2000 to 2007, Marco was a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and a Senior Lecturer for Geography at the University of Innsbruck. In 2007, he became the Chief of Urban Environment Section at UN-HABITAT in Nairobi. From 2008-2010, he also served as Director of Environment, Housing and Land Management Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva.

Marco studied Geography at the University of Erlangen-Nurember and the University of Nice. He also did post-graduate studies in Spatial Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He then obtained a Ph.D. in 1999 from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and, in 2005, his habilitation from the University of Innsbruck.