Ms. Sinikinesh Beyene Jimma is a passionate development professional who served in senior positions in international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations in Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions. She has significantly contributed to policy and strategy formulation and program design and implementation in the fields of environment protection and ecosystem management, food security and resilience building, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and mitigation as well as ocean governance.
Ms. Sinikinesh has served UNDP as Head of Climate Resilient Green Growth Unit in Ethiopia and Chief Technical Advisor on resilience-building programs in Asia and the Pacific region. Before she joined the UN, she was the Resident Representative of Cordaid, Netherlands. Currently, she is working for UNEP as Regional Coordinator of the West Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reform program.
Ms. Sinikinesh earned her MBA from the Australian Institute of Business (AIB), Masters Degree in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resources Management from ITC, Netherlands, and BA Degree in Geography from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.