Tanzanian microbiologist and environmental scientist, Joyce Msuya was appointed as acting Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 22nd November 2018.
Joyce Msuya (50 years) was appointed following the resignation of the executive director Erik Solheim. Solheim had quit in wake of internal audit report accused of rule-breaking UNEP. The report has accused him of laundering up to $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.
Joyce Msuya prior to this appointment has served as the Deputy Executive Director of the UNEP at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.
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