Elisa Peter is a practitioner with 20 years of experience in international advocacy with both nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations. Until 2011 she was the Deputy Coordinator of the United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). She guided hundreds of non-governmental organizations in their efforts to participate in the UN’s intergovernmental deliberations on issues such as poverty eradication, food security, human rights and sustainable development. She also contributed to the evolving UN policies and practices of engagement with non-state actors.
Before joining the UN, she spent 10 years working as an environmental and social change advocate, including 5 years in a remote indigenous community above the arctic circle. She participated in the Rio+5 conference as a youth delegate and numerous other international negotiations on natural resource management, climate change and biodiversity conservation as a policy expert. She authored a joint FAO/ITTO Forestry Paper on forest governance and illegal logging.
Elisa currently sits on a number of nonprofit boards. She earned a Master in Agronomy from the National Superior School of Agronomy in France and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She regularly posts sustainable development news on twitter (@elisapeter).