Joachim Monkelbaan is the Representative for Sustainable and Just Economic Systems at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva. This means that he works on fostering the transformation of economic models and paradigms and on specific issues in the areas of trade, investment, peace&security, human rights, climate change, and ecosystems.
Previously he worked with organizations such as UN Environment, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), WHO, and Climate-KIC. He was a team leader for several Sustainability Impact Assessments for the European Commission (DG Trade), notable the Green Goods Initiative, the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement, and the EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Dr. Monkelbaan also lectures and does research at the University of Geneva, where he obtained a PhD in governance for sustainable development. Subsequently, he did postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) in Tokyo, Japan. His book on governance for the SDGs has been published in Springer’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals series’.