Arab Hoballah

Team Leader, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, for European Union

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Arab Hoballah serves as Team Leader, SWITVH-Asia SCP Facility, covering 19 Asian Countries with basis in Bangkok, since Oct 2017. He was Executive Director of SEED, Eco-Inclusive Entrepreneurship, March-September 2017, and Senior Sustainability Expert from January to September 2017.
Until end of 2016 and since 2005, he was Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP in UNEP, where he looked for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at local, national, regional and global levels, through various sectors, various tools and methodologies and relevant partnerships in close cooperation with governments, business and industry, civil society. A major outcome of this work is the 10YFP, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP, adopted at Rio+20.
Prior to this post, he spent 14 years working in the UNEP Regional Seas programme as Deputy Director of the Blue Plan & Deputy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). He established and managed the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development, assisted several countries in developing sustainable development strategies and coastal areas management plans. Prior to 1991, he worked for several institutions in developing countries.

Educated in a multicultural environment (Lebanon, Senegal, France and Colombia), Dr. Hoballah holds a MSc in Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis, a MSc in Law and International Relations and a PhD in Economic Development.
Specialties: Strategies and Policy analysis and elaboration, decision making process, related to Sustainable Development, environmental protection, consumption & production, resource efficiency, green economy, programme development and management, entrepreneurship, public-private partnerships; interactive moderation of conferences & panels; cultural sensitiveness; tact and diplomacy skills.

On Sustainable Consumption and Production

Economic and social development over the last century was achieved through intensive, inefficient and unsustainable use of our planet’s finite…