Arab Hoballah: Making the economic case for bioeconomy
We must consider bioeconomy in a systems approach, moving beyond theory to application at a larger scale. And we need to convince decision-makers that the bioeconomy is not merely a cost but also a benefit, that driving solutions to sustainability can save on resources and money.
Arab Hoballah serves as the Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP in UNEP since October 2005. Among other responsibilities, he looks for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at all levels. He has launched and supervises various Initiatives and Partnerships (buildings, tourism, cities).
Arab has coordinated the preparation and is actually supervising the implementation of the only operational issue that was explicitly adopted in "The Future We Want" at Rio+20, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP.
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) and Coordinator of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development Before, he worked for several development institutions in developing countries.
Arab Hoballah holds a MSc in Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis, a MSc in Law and International Relations and a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Paris, France.