Dr. Heinz Leuenberger works as Chief Technical Advisor for the two UNIDO projects: Moving three industrial parks towards eco industrial parks in Vietnam and the build-up of a RECP centre in the Ukraine. Previous to his retirement in October 2014, he served as Director of the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of UNIDO since March 2006. The Branch was responsible for activities related to resource efficient and cleaner production, waste, chemicals and water management and the reduction of mercury use in artisanal gold mining. The Branch had also activities in the area of sustainable management of large marine eco-systems, the implementation of measures related to the Stockholm Convention and is assisting municipalities and cities in methodologies and tools to improve environmental performance of its industries. Dr. Leuenberger coordinated the redesign and strengthening of the “Global joint UNIDO-UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” program and he was mainly involved in the design, formulation and implementation of the “Green industry Initiative” of UNIDO. Prior to joining UNIDO, Dr. Leuenberger was Professor at the FHNW. In 1991 to 1999 to he was the Head of the Environmental Technology Institute (IFU) at the University of Applied Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland and he lectured as Professor in a postgraduate course on “Environmental Technology and Management”. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre at the Hanoi University of Technology.
Dr. Leuenberger holds a Master Degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry both from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.