Head, Water and Ocean Governance Programme
Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP New York
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 in the Environment and Energy Group of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy.
Mr. Hudson 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.
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 also taught at the university and secondary school levels and was active in oceanographic research in the 1970s and 1980s 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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.