Stefanos Fotiou is an accomplished and well renowned expert on environment and sustainable development and currently serving as the Director or the Environment and Development Division in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific. In this capacity Stefanos is responsible for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on natural resources management, climate change, sustainable urban development and green economy. Highlights of his achievements include successfully leading intergovernmental negotiations resulting in specific normative outcomes, putting together initiatives on technical cooperation as well as steering analytical work in the substantive areas of his responsibility.
Prior to this Stefanos worked for 10 years in the UN Environment in various roles in the Economy Division and in the Asia-Pacific office. Throughout his 25 years professional career, which began in academia and included assignments in NGOs, the private sector and the last 13 years in the UN system, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international forums, had conceptualised and let the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been widely published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics from Aristotle University in Greece, an Executive MSc in Information Systems from the University of Macedonia, and a Master Degree in Forestry and Natural Environment from Aristotle University.