Adnan Awad

SpecialitySenior Technical Advisor - Oceans at UNDP

Adnan has been working in the field of oceans affairs and conservation for international organizations over the past 24 years, and joined UNDP in 2023. His career has focused on strengthening various aspects of international and regional ocean governance frameworks, including emerging challenges such as the protection of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction and advancing sustainable financing in support of the 2030 oceans agenda.
Adnan was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington where he studied marine biology as an undergraduate. He has a MSc in Conservation Biology and a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town. Adnan is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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