Daniel Cooney

Dan Cooney is the Communication Deputy Director with UN Environment where he leads a global team of 50 communication and advocacy experts to change environmental mindsets, policy and behavior.

Dan joined UN Environment in 2015 from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he developed and led a multi-million dollar program that used communication to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice - with a focus on forests and climate change. The Overseas Development Institute did an independent evaluation of the program he led and concluded, "CIFOR has been driving a global conversation on forests and climate change." 

Dan began his career as a foreign correspondent with The Associated Press. With a press card in one hand and a laptop in the other, he hopped across Asia and the Middle East, ending 7 years with the agency as its award-winning chief correspondent in Afghanistan, responsible for its coverage of the war there. He then joined the Asian Development Bank, where he began working on climate change. 

He completed a Masters of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, on a Rotary International World Peace Fellowship, and has done management training at Harvard Business School.

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