Grégoire de Kalbermatten, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Convention to Combat Desertification

Presently Deputy Executive Secretary, Grégoire de Kalbermatten has been with the UNCCD Secretariat since 1993 and served the negotiation, design and implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, a major instrument of the international community to restore vulnerable drylands eco-systems and combat rural poverty.

A national of Switzerland, Grégoire de Kalbermatten started his career in the field of banking, credit and financial analysis. From 1980 onwards, as a diplomat of Switzerland in Rome, Vienna and Bern, his assignments in positions of increasing responsibilities related to economic and financial multilateral affairs. His decision to orient his work towards international development led him to serve United Nations Development Programme at field level (Agriculture portfolio in Nepal) and HQ levels (Member of the United Nations Capital Development Funds core management group).

He has 30 years of professional experience in international relations, multilateral diplomacy, programme and policy development. His activities include leading over 400 missions and/or organizing meetings in some seventy countries of Africa, Asia, America and Europe, including chief organizer of Conferences at ministerial level in such areas as scientific cooperation, cooperation for international development and protection of the environment. He published a number of books and studies and is a co-author of several publications including the Desertification Synthesis report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Grégoire de Kalbermatten holds a licence en droit from the University of Geneva, a Postgraduate Degree in International Relations from The John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Bologna and Washington D.C and a Master of Arts in Political Sciences at the John Hopkins University, Baltimore where he was one of the two Fellows of the President of the Johns Hopkins University. He is married and has three children.