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Dr. Barbara Hendrie, UN Environment Programme
UNEP_-_Barbara_HendrieDr. Barbara Hendrie has been the Director of UN Environment North America since September 2017. 

Dr. Hendrie has over two decades experience as a senior international diplomat/negotiator and development/humanitarian professional, including on behalf both the United Kingdom and United States governments. She was a senior official in the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) from 1999 to 2015, and a senior political appointee of President Obama based in United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2015-2016. 

In 2016, Dr. Hendrie led USAID’s work on conflict and fragility, the G20, the World Humanitarian Summit and the President’s Refugee Summit. In 2015, she was Chief Negotiator for the UK on the UN Financing for Development agenda and UK co-leader for establishment of the global Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to that, she was Minister-Counselor for development, human rights, climate change and peacebuilding at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. In the early 2000s, Dr. Hendrie led the UK’s global humanitarian response and the UK’s first government-wide Security and Development strategy. From 2006 to 2007, she led the UK reconstruction effort in Iraq. 

In 2009, Dr. Hendrie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She is also the first recipient (and inspiration for the creation of) the Bowdoin College Common Good Award in 1993. Dr. Hendrie began her career in the mid-1980s when she led a civil society consortium providing emergency relief to famine-affected people in the Horn of Africa. Barbara, a native of New York, has a Ph.D. and Masters in social anthropology from University College, London, UK, and a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College in Maine, USA. She is a dual US-UK citizen.