Professor Jacqueline McGlade (UCL Earth Sciences) has been appointed as Chief Scientist to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As the only Chief Scientist in the UN, Professor McGlade will be advising the Secretary General team on scientific issues along with the newly established Science Advisory Board.
Professor McGlade joined UNEP in 2013, and in her role as Special Adviser to the Executive Director, she oversaw the launch of UNEP Live, a groundbreaking digital project which aims to build a community of expertise, and rethink the way we share and use data and information sharing to strengthen the science policy interface.
Prof. McGlade is a Professor of Environmental Informatics at University College London, her research focusing on the spatial and nonlinear dynamics of ecosystems, natural resource management and policies, climate change and scenario development. Prior to joining UNEP, she was the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003 to 2013.