Rolph Payet has been the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions since 6 October 2014. He was the former Minister for the Environment and Energy in the Seychelles. In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Rolph also established important multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was also the Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments.
In 2007, he was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), in recognition of his contributions to marine research. In 2009, he also established the first university in the Seychelles and is its present ProChancellor. In addition, he holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.
Rolph was educated at the University of East Anglia, University of Surrey, University of Ulster, the University of London, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from Linnaeus University in Environmental Science, where he undertook multidisciplinary research in sustainable tourism.