Fatima Denton

Vice-Chair, Working Group II


Elected Vice Chair of Working Group II  in July 2023, Fatima Denton is an accomplished leader in the UN system, and is currently Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). She has depth of expertise in natural resource management, research and policy development, and the African region. Prior to joining UNU-INRA, Denton had worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Ethiopia since 2012. Her roles included Director of the Natural Resource Management Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre. Before that, Fatima was Programme Leader with the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Fatima Denton was a Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, and Lead Author for the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports of the IPCC. She has served on numerous scientific committees and boards and is a current member of the advisory board of Future Earth and a trustee of UK-based International Institute on Environment and Development. She has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and books.