Ms. Biao is a national of Benin. She has a wealth of experience in international development and over 24 years of experience of environmental projects and programmes management. Prior to her appointment at UNEP, Ms Biao has been with the Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) where she was the Director of Programmes. She also worked for the Canadian Centre for International Studies (CECI) as Regional Director for Africa.
Ms. Biao has worked with a wide range of international organizations, including the UN agencies and leading international institutions working in the area of environment, addressing sustainable development and poverty reduction. She has been involved in multi-country project design, development, management and resource mobilization in numerous countries within Western, Southern, Eastern, and Central Africa. In 2007, she was appointed as Minister of Environment and Nature Protection for the government of Benin.
Ms. Biao holds an M.Sc. in Forestry economics, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and a certificate in Renewable Energy.