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Dr. Fatima Denton

Dr. Denton is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). Before joining UNU-INRA, she worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as Director of the largest substantive division – the Special Initiatives Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC). An accomplished senior manager, renowned across the research and implementation branches of the UN and beyond for her in-depth knowledge of natural resource management and extensive experience in research and policy development in the African region. Dr. Denton’s research has centred on climate change adaptation, focusing on resilience systems in agriculture, water, and energy, principally in Africa. She works on the intersections of adaptation and mitigation, focusing on transition theories, not least green transitions, stranded assets, and minerals and extractives. Dr. Denton has served as a Lead Author and Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), contributing to reports and special reports over the past two decades. She is currently a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III. Dr. Denton was Programme Leader for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she managed high-impact action research, including Africa’s largest climate change adaptation research programme. She has a large footprint in advisory committee and scientific boards namely Future Earth, Global Economic Transformation (CGET) chaired by Joe Stiglitz, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG), led by Sir David King. Dr. Denton is a prolific writer and hold PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.