Dr. Musonda Mumba

Dr. Musonda Mumba


Dr. Musonda Mumba is currently the Director of The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under UNDP working in close collaboration with the Italian Government Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition.

She has over 25 years of experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE) and was Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She just ended her Vice-Chair tenure for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

Dr. Musonda has served as the head of the United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices)

Dr. Musonda is a Zambian National, she received her BSc. Ed degree from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

She is a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Perry World House (PWH) of the University of Pennsylvania and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London (UCL).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters and is a world-renowned speaker and moderator. She was named one of the 100 most influential African Women in September 2021.


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