Ms. Joyce Msuya

Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General | United Nations Environment Programme

Joyce Msuya is the Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment. She was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in August 2018. Between November 2018 and June 2019, Ms. Msuya served as Acting Executive Director, overseeing UN Environment’s portfolio in 33 countries and administering nine Multilateral Environmental Agreements on critical environment issues.

With more than 20 years of experience in international development, strategy, knowledge management and partnerships, Ms. Msuya has served as Adviser to the World Bank Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region in Washington, D.C. and as the inaugural World Bank Special Representative and Head of the World Bank Group Office in the Republic of Korea (2014–2017).

She has worked across the World Bank Group in Africa, Asia and Latin America in both the public and private sectors. A microbiologist from Tanzania, Ms. Msuya began her career at the World Bank as a public health specialist in 1998.

Ms. Msuya was named University of Strathclyde’s Alumna of the Year for 2019.