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Mohamed T. El-Ashry

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Mohamed T. El-Ashry

Mohamed T. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow, Energy and Climate, with the UN Foundation. He served as Facilitator of the Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) initiative, which he organized in 2007.  Its membership included 13 former Presidents and Prime-Ministers and 12 other global leaders.

Dr. El-Ashry served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which he helped to establish, from 1994 to 2003.  He also served as Chairman of the GEF during its Pilot Phase (1991-1994).   Prior to joining the GEF he served as Chief  Environmental  Adviser  to the President and Director of  the Environment  Department  at  the World Bank, as Senior Vice President of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and  as Director of Environmental Quality with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  He has held teaching and research positions at Cairo University, Pan-American-U.A.R. Oil Company, Wilkes University and the Environmental Defense Fund.  He has also served as Senior Environmental Adviser to UNDP, as Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit, and as a member of a number of International Commissions and Task Forces including the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence, the International Commission on Climate Change and Development, and the World Water Commission. Chairman of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Dr. El-Ashry received his B.S. Degree with honors in 1959 from the University of Cairo and M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in Geology from the University of Illinois.  He is the editor and co-author of three books and has published or presented more than 250 papers.

Dr. El-Ashry is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is a member of the Third World and African Academies of Sciences and is listed in American Men and Women of   Science and Men of Achievement.  He has received a number of international honors and awards including the Champions of the Earth and the Haub Prize for International Environmental Diplomacy.  He serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Resources for the Future.