Charles Ian
McNeill

About Charles Ian McNeill: 

Dr. Charles McNeill is UN Environment Senior Advisor on Forests & Climate, overseeing the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and forest policy. He served in UNDP for 25 years with responsibility for environmental policy, programs, and empowering indigenous peoples and civil society. He led the establishment of the New York Declaration on Forests, co-founded the UN-REDD Programme, and founded the Equator Initiative. Previously, Charles managed UNDP’s Global Environment Facility’s Africa work and global policy and programming, worked in NGOs on hunger and development in South Asia and Africa, and earned a Ph.D. in genetics with a focus on conservation biology at UC-Davis.