Piero Fontolan works at the OECD (Paris) in the Environment and Climate Change unit of the Development Co-operation Directorate and he is currently involved in the Sustainable Ocean Economy for All project (SOE).
The SOE is a new OECD initiative designed to support “Large Ocean and Coastal States” address pressures on oceans and marine ecosystem services and chart alternative courses for sustainable development.
The project brings together OECD expertise and unique statistical sources on policy areas relevant to the sustainable ocean economy, such as science technology and innovation, environmental protection and biodiversity, development finance and international co-operation. In the course of the next two years, it will produce new evidence and a policy space for the urgent global challenge of developing sustainable ocean economies worldwide, with a focus on developing countries, providing a conceptual approach that integrates multidisciplinary expertise on oceans.
Prior to joining the OECD, Piero worked for the United Nations (UNHCR Armenia and IOM Tunisia, respectively in the field of refugees’ protection and migration & development) and the European Commission Directorate-General for International Co-operation and Development (DG DEVCO/EuropeAid) as counsellor to the Director for Asia and the Pacific.
He holds a master degree in public international law (Paris Sorbonne, Panthéon-Assas).
When not in front of a lap-top, he is to be found at sea or playing frisbee.