UN Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Before her current role, Elizabeth Mrema served as the executive secretary of the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Prior to that, Mrema served in various capacities in her two decades at UNEP, including as the director of the law division and the deputy director of the ecosystems division. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the executive secretary of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals as well as served as the acting executive secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) as well as interim executive secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement, all based in Bonn, Germany. She is a lawyer and career diplomat with an LL B from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; LL M from Dalhousie University, Canada; and postgraduate diploma in international relations and diplomacy from the Centre of Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.