Mr. Shende, former Director at United Nations Environment Programme, is a leading expert in sustainable technologies and policies. As head of the Paris based Ozon Action Programme of UNEP, he worked with the governments of 146 developing countries’ to develop their national management plans to eliminate use of Ozone Depleting Substances and to contribute to the mitigation of climate change. Through the teams of professionals and experts that he led from UNEP’s five offices worldwide i.e. Paris, Bangkok, Nairobi, Bahrain and Panama City he led the capacity building and technology support programme under the Multilateral Ozone Fund and Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The programme has contributed in stabilizing the Stratospheric Ozone Layer and preventing a global catastrophe by enabling developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol is now considered as the most successful Multilateral Environmental Agreement so far, having put the Ozone layer on the path to recovery.
Mr. Shende is a Chemical Engineer by qualification from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. Before joining the UN, Mr. Shende had a senior management career in the private sector in India and was part of the task force set up by the Government of India to negotiate the multilateral environmental agreement, the Montreal protocol.