Ligia Noronha is the Director of the Economy Division of UN Environment (UNEP). The Division works to shift economies from brown to green with a strategic focus on decarbonizing, decoupling, and detoxifying. She leads two of UNEP’s subprogrammes – Resource Efficiency and Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality, and the emerging agendas in UNEP on Environment/Pollution and Health and Extractives and the Environment.
Prior to joining UN Environment, Ligia Noronha was Executive Director (Research Coordination) and Director of the Resources, Regulation and Global Security Division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. Ligia Noronha has served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and on several expert committees of the Government of India including the Expert Committee on Climate Change, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), and the Task Force on Natural Resources of the Commission on Centre State Relations.
Amongst other representations, she was a member of the Planning Board of the Government of Goa, member of the Goa Jubilee Development Council, a member of Shell International’s External Review Committee on Sustainability Reporting, member of the Global Assurance Group’s project on Minerals, Metal and Sustainable Development (MMSD), and on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on Minerals and Natural Resources.
Her research and publications include climate change; environmental policy in mining, designing tools to track health and well being in mining regions, governance of mining and minerals development; energy and resource security; India’s environmental and coastal policy, coastal resource use governance; and resource and environmental federalism.
She holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Bombay, a Masters in Sea Use Law, Economics, and Policy, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.