United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, from Canada, is the Chief of UNCTAD since mid 2014. Prior to that, she was actively involved in the successful negotiations of the SDGs for the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. During her time with DESA, she acted as Major Groups coordinator to enhance non-state actors engagement with the UN system on sustainable development. She facilitated the participation of more than 10,000 non-state actor participation in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. She was also focal point for sustainable consumption and production, food security and sustainable agriculture. Prior to her UN career, she served as Head of the Trade and Environment Program of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation from 2000 to 2007, as policy analyst for the Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture from 1998-2000, and s post doc for IFPRI in the Brazilian Amazon from 1996-98. She is a Yale World Fellow and has consulted for UNDP, World Bank, OCDE, and USDA. Dr. Carpentier regularly publishes journal articles, book chapters, and Secretary General Reports on the intricate relationships between sustainable development policies, trade and agriculture. She has co-authored a book on Ethical Investing published in French in Quebec in 2008. She has completed several marathon and ironman and detains a second dam black belt in karate.