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Rolph Payet Bio:

As an international policy expert and researcher on environment and island issues, Rolph Payet is currently President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles and Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Seychelles on numerous environmental matters including sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change, energy, and international environment policy.

Rolph Payet is founding member/trustee of the Global Island Partnership, the Sea Level Rise Foundation, the Seychelles University Foundation, the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology, the Island Conservation Society and the Silhouette Foundation.

Rolph has been instrumental in increasing the visibility and impact of numerous regional and international organisations such as the International Coral Reef Initiative (co-chair from 2003-2005) and the Nairobi Convention Regional Seas Programme (coordinator 1998-now).

Recently, Rolph has been invited to sit on numerous international conference committees and panels, and as moderator/speaker on climate change, biodiversity and island issues. Recently invited by H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN, he acted as lead discussant on a panel on the Millennium Development Goals at the UN General Assembly. His work has also been covered by the international media, such as CNN and the BBC.

Rolph has received numerous international awards and recognition for his work on islands, climate change and biodiversity. In November 2007, he shared in the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC Lead Author. In January 2007, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.


  • PhD Environmental Science, University of Kalmar, Sweden
  • JFK School of Government, Harvard University, USA
  • PG D Applied Environment Economics, Imperial College, UK
  • MSc Coastal Science, University of Ulster, UK
  • MBA University of Surrey, UK
  • BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry, University of East Anglia, UK

Visit Rolph Payet’s blog
Video: Rolph Payet on Island Nations and Climate Change
Video: Rolph Payet on Small Island Nations

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