Staff Profiles

Fatou Ndoye
Acting Regional Director 
Email: Fatou.Ndoye at

Fatou Ndoye is currently the Acting Regional Director of the UN Environment's North America Office. Ms Ndoye joined UN Environment in 2005 and has worked for UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch before joining the North America office in 2015 as Deputy Director. Prior to joining UN Environment, she led the international NGO Network for Environment and Sustainable development in Africa (NESDA), a collaborating center for the Global Environment Outlook report series and its Africa Environment Outlook series, headquartered in Cote d’Ivoire.

Ms. Ndoye has experience in environment and sustainable development and working on the linkages between labour and the environment, environmental governance, public participation and access to information. 



Laura Fuller 
Information Officer
Email: laura.fuller at 

Laura Fuller is the Information Officer for the UN Environment's North America Office.  In this role, she is responsible for communicating UN Environments’ core messages to all regional stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness, influencing North American attitudes, behavior and decisions related to the local and global environment, and enhancing the profile of UN Environment in Canada and the United States.

Previous to this position, she was based in Paris, France as the Communications Officer for the for the UN Environment/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative. In this capacity, she headed the project’s global, national and regional communications activities to raise the profile of the en.lighten initiative with partner countries and international stakeholders.  Prior to joining UN Environment, she was the manager of marketing communications and information for a major lamp manufacturer based in Toronto, Ontario. In that capacity, she developed strategic communications plans and activities to increase brand awareness and to disseminate information about the technological shift towards more energy efficient products. 


Hilary French
Programme Officer
Email: hilary.french at 

Hilary French is a Program Officer at UN Environment's North America Office, where her work focuses on promoting North American engagement with UN Environment’s work on climate change, sustainable energy, air quality, sustainable consumption and production, and the green economy.  Hilary has previously served as a special advisor to UN Environment on a broad range of issues, including civil society engagement and globalization and the environment.  She came to UN Environment from the Worldwatch Institute, where she served in diverse capacities, including as Vice President for Research, as Director of the Globalization and Governance Project, as Senior Advisor for Programs, and as a Senior Researcher.             

Hilary has published and lectured widely on global environmental and sustainable development issues, including co-authoring fifteen of Worldwatch's annual State of the World reports and authoring the book Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization. She is also the author of six Worldwatch Papers, including Partnerships for the Planet: an Environmental Agenda for the United Nations and Clearing the Air: a Global Agenda.  She earlier worked briefly for Ashoka, a global association of social entrepreneurs, and interned with the United Nations Development Programme in the Ivory Coast and with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva.  Hilary has also worked as a consultant to private foundations and as a Visiting Professor at Williams College. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Carla Friedrich
Programme Officer
Email: carla.friedrich at 

Carla Friedrich joined UN Environment's North America Office in February 2012 as a programme officer for Ecosystem Management. Her work spans terrestrial (including freshwater), coastal and marine ecosystems. She also serves as the Regional Office of North America's focal point for Chemicals and Waste. Before joining UN Environment, she was an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.

Prior to her work at EPA, she served as the Environmental Coordinator of the “Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña,” a waterway restoration and urban/social development initiative of the government of Puerto Rico. Carla has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, and two Master’s degrees, the first in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and the second in International Health from the Charité Medical School of Humboldt University and Free University in Berlin, Germany. She is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Jason Jabbour ​
Regional Coordinator
Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA)
Email: Jason.Jabbour ​at

Jason Jabbour has served as the North American Regional Coordinator for UN Environment’s Division of Early Warning Assessment in the Regional Office for North America since July 2015. He is responsible overseeing the direction, planning and management of UN Environment's North America Program in the areas of early warning, integrated assessments and applied information technologies. 

Prior to this current position, he served in various capacities with UNEP’s Scientific Assessment Branch and the Office of the Chief Scientist at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for over 8 years. Since joining UN Environment in 2007, he has worked on several intergovernmental scientific assessment processes including coordinating the production the Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) and the 2009 Climate Change Science Compendium. He has also been involved in various regional and sub-regional efforts to integrate vulnerability and adaptation responses into development planning processes. Jason holds a Masters degree from the University of Toronto in Forest Conservation and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo.  In addition to English, he has language skills in French and Arabic. 

Arshia Chander
Administration and Fund Management Officer
Email: arshia.chander at

Arshia Chander is a multilingual and has Masters Degrees in French language and Business Administration from India and USA respectively. She currently manages the Administration and Funds for UN Environment's North America Office in Washington, DC.

She also serves as the Human Resources (HR) liaison officer. Prior to joining UN Environment, she worked as the Project Manager at the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, SD to support the UN Environment Global Resource Information Database (GRID).

She has managed award winning UN Environment publications (Atlases of our Changing Environment, State of Environment Reporting and Outlook, Africa Water Atlas, etc.) while working with various governmental agencies from several countries. She also served as the Project Coordinator for UN Environment's Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS).


Daiva Kacenauskaite
Team Assistant 
Email: Daiva.Kacenauskaite at 

Daiva Kacenauskaite is a Team Assistant at UN Environment's North America Office.

She joined UN Environment in 2011 and is responsible for general administrative support to the Regional Director and staff, monitoring major International Organizations in the region relevant to UNEP, and corresponding with regional governments, civil society, organizations and the wider UN Environment. She is also the coordinator of the UN Environment's North America Office Internship Programme.

Daiva holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from John Hopkins University. She is fluent in English, Lithuanian and Russian.



Clayton Adams
Programme Assistant 
Email: clayton.adams at 

Clayton Adams is currently a Programme Assistant at UN Environment's North Office, where he has worked in varying capacities since 2001. Among his current duties, he handles outreach to the executive branches of the national governments in the region, civil society organizations and the private sector, as well as provides general assistance to the Regional Director. He also serves as the regional focal point for UN Environment's Conflicts and Disasters priority area.

Prior to his work with UN Environment, Mr. Adams owned and managed a farming business in Northern Virginia where he developed intensive grazing systems and raised organic grass-fed beef cattle. He has a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. 


William (Bill) Mansfield III
Senior Advisor 
Email: bill.mansfield at 

William (Bill) Mansfield is a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UNEP serving in the North America Office. He was an Assistant Secretary General and the Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment from 1986 to 1993, Director of UN Environment's Global Environment Facility Office in 1995, Vice President for Operations at the Worldwatch Institute in 1996-1997 and Special Advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in 2000-2.

Earlier, Mr. Mansfield served as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer in a variety of environmental assignments at the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency.