Fatima Denton


Dr Denton is an accomplished senior leader in the UN system, respected across the research and implementation branches of the organization. She has depth of expertise in natural resource management, as well as deep knowledge of research and policy development, and the African region. Prior to joining UNU-INRA, Dr. Denton had worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Ethiopia since 2012. Her roles included Director of the Natural Resource Management Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre. Before that Dr Denton was a Programme Leader with the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she managed high-impact action research, including a major climate change adaptation research programme managing over 100 action research initiatives encompassing 40-plus projects across 33 countries in Africa. She also worked as an energy scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme Risoe Centre (Denmark) and as an energy programme manager with Enda Tiers Monde (Senegal).

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Paper: Fragility and Resilience in Green Development in Africa: Intersections and Trade-offs

Article | Mar 17, 2022

Fragility and Resilience in Green Development in Africa: Intersections and Trade-offs

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Fatima Denton: We Need to Create Spaces to Democratize the ‘Just Transition’

Article | May 8, 2023

“We need to look at the early warning systems in place and aspire to attain food security.”

Fatima Denton: Governments must accelerate a plan for a diversified economy, an exit from fossil fuels, and shift towards a green transition

Article | Jun 10, 2020

An interview with Dr Fatima Denton, Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, for INET’s series on COVID-19 and Africa