Dr Tessa Goverse

Head, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Year Book Unit, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya

Email: tessa.goverse@unep.org

Ex-officio member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Dr. Tessa Goverse has a strong multidisciplinary background in environmental science and sustainable development. She holds an MSc degree in biology and a PhD in industrial environmental innovation from the VU University Amsterdam, and has more than 18 years working experience, mainly in Africa and Europe. Before joining the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2000, Tessa worked on a range of international research projects in the field of ecology, technology development and life cycle analysis. Her work at UNEP focuses strongly on environmental assessment, project management and bridging the science-policy gap. Since 2009, she heads up the unit responsible for identifying, analyzing and highlighting emerging environmental issues, such as microplastics, phosphorus and food production, soil carbon and rapid change in the Arctic. Tessa worked for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) coordination office between 2006 and 2009, where she provided project oversight and contributed to project development in the areas of land degradation, biodiversity and international waters. Previously (2000-2006) she played a key role in developing the third and fourth Global Environment Outlook reports, UNEP’s flagship assessment on environmental state and trends, impacts and policy responses. She has served on various task teams evaluating internal management processes and was involved in organizing multiple intergovernmental events, such as the annual UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum.