Chief of the Economics and Trade Branch of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
Prof. Abaza received B.A in Economics from the American University in Cairo (1973), and M.Phil. in Urban Housing planning from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom (1981).
He joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1982, and functioned in different capacities. These included: Coordinator of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN); Assistant to the Executive Director of UNEP; Coordinator of the Committee of International Development Institutions on the Environment (CIDIE).
Currently is the Head of the Economics and Trade Branch main functions include the initiation and development of an integrated programme on Environment and Economics, which was endorsed by the Seventeenth Session of the Governing Council of UNEP, assist countries, particularly developing countries and countries with economies in transition enhance their capacities integrate environmental considerations in development planning and decision-making; provide such assistance through the further development of methodologies and training modules in the application of environmental/integrated assessment, valuation, and economic instruments; examine policy options for effectively addressing challenges of integrating environmental considerations with economic and trade policies, with a view to assisting governments in their efforts to develop mutually supportive economic, trade and environment policies and transitioning to a green economy; and enhance the role of the private sector, particularly the financial service sector, in contributing to sustainable development through the integration of environmental considerations into their internal and external operations.
He has published and contributed in the publication of a series of publications on environmental and integrated assessment, the interface between trade and environment, valuation of environmental and natural resources, and the use of economic instruments for environmental management.