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Charles Nouhan – Chairman, Interim Executive Director, and Representative to the United Nations in New York

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Charles is a sustainability leader advancing governance for sustainable development, stakeholder engagement,  renewable energy technologies, and sustainable waste management. From 2002 until 2018, he worked in the UK local government waste and resource sector developing and managing recycling, composting, and waste minimisation services for communities and businesses, and he continues to advance similar local efforts in The Americas.

From 2000 to 2002, Charles was Stakeholder Forum’s Deputy Director and UK Co-ordinator, where he worked alongside then Executive Director Felix Dodds and Co-Chairs Margaret Brusasco-MacKenzie and Derek Osborn in the run-up to the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.  From 1999 to 2000, he worked on sustainability and stakeholder engagement at the then Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

Now US-based in the New York Metropolitan area, Charles is SF’s Representative to the United Nations where he supports SF’s work with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and Member states to realise the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  At the end of October 2021, the Stakeholder Forum Board appointed him to be SF’s Interim Executive Director when Ruben Zondervan chose to step down due to health-related issues.

His newest SF projects include the Global Forum for National SDG Advisory Bodies, with partners the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and members from more than forty National Councils for Sustainable Development and similar bodies.  Charles is also leading on the Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology, a sustainable development multistakeholder partnership to transform the energy supply of Small Island Developing States and other coastal communities with zero-emissions electrical power generation from ocean waves.