Lucas Assunção is now residing in Brazil and works in various functions in the private and government sector. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro and attended courses in Economics and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley as well as special studies on Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis at the Harvard Institute for International Development.
Mr. Assunção has more than twenty years of experience working on environmental issues, first as a Programme Officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he worked in Brasilia and New York. He then worked as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) – the Rio Summit – where five major agreements on global environmental issues such as the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity were signed. He later joined the United Nations Climate Change Convention Secretariat as a Sustainable Development Officer. He was also the Research Director of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva.
Mr. Assunção has served as an adviser to several international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations on issues related to sustainable development and multilateral environmental negotiations. In 2001, he joined UNCTAD to coordinate the BioTrade Initiative, which promotes the trade and sustainable use of biodiversity-based products and services in developing countries. Since then, he has been responsible for coordinating and implementing activities related to biodiversity and climate change, specifically in assisting developing countries seize trade, investment and sustainable development opportunities.
He has pioneered the development of the UNCTAD Climate Change Programme, which focuses on the trade, sustainable development and investment opportunities of the Kyoto Protocol, and in particular on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The issue of climate change is evolving, and in addressing emerging issues, the BioFuels Initiative was launched in 2005 to assist developing countries in capturing trade and investment opportunities in the emerging biofuels market.
Mr. Assunção speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and has served on the Board of Earth Council Geneva since its inception in 2002.