Thais Narciso

Task Manager, Biodiversity and Land Degradation

United Nations Environment Programme

Thais Narciso specializes in policy, project management and resource mobilization at the nexus between biodiversity, climate, and land-use change. Since 2018, she has served as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Task Manager on Biodiversity and Land Degradation at the UNEP Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama.

Thais currently oversees a portfolio on mainstreaming biodiversity in productive sectors, land-use finance, ecosystem restoration, nature in cities, and access & benefit sharing across Latin America. Previously, she spent five years in Nairobi as UNEP’s Climate & Forests Technical Advisor for Africa. Before joining the UN, she managed international parliamentary commissions on forests at GLOBE International and consulted for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, Governance for Owners LLP, the Earth Security Initiative, and the OECD.

Thais holds a Master's in International Political Economy with a focus on environmental governance from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Sciences-Po Paris, and a BSc in International Relations from the LSE.