Andrew Hudson joined UNDP in 1996 as Principal Technical Adviser for the UNDP-GEF International Waters Programme. He is currently Head of the UNDP Water & Ocean Governance Programme (www.undp.org/water ) in the Sustainable Development Cluster of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme support (BPPS). He oversees and provides strategic, policy and technical guidance on all aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of UNDP’s work in water and ocean governance with a currently active portfolio of about US$200 million working in over 100 countries. He also served as Principal Technical Adviser for the UNDP/GEF Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) programme, from 2001 to 2005. He coordinated the strategic development and start-up of UNDP’s POPs portfolio and integration of the programme into UNDP’s Chemicals Management/Montreal Protocol Unit. He also serves as the “Green Team Leader” at UNDP leading efforts to move the organization towards environmental sustainability in its operations, including minimizing the organization’s carbon footprint.
Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Hudson was Executive Director of The Center for Field Research at Earthwatch where he directed the development of Earthwatch’s annual field research program of 150 projects and over $3 million in grants. He has also taught at the university and secondary school levels and was active in oceanographic research in the 1970’s and 1980’s in areas such as hydrothermal vent geochemistry, sedimentary
diagenesis, hydrography and air-sea exchange.
Mr. Hudson received his BS and MS in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT, was a doctoral student in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy.