Youssef Nassef has led adaptation work under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1999.
He initiated and implemented a number of adaptation initiatives at the UNFCCC Secretariat, including the National Adaptation Programmes
of Action for least developed countries, the Nairobi Work Programme, and the incipient Cancun Adaptation Framework. Before joining the UNFCCC, he served as a diplomat and climate change negotiator with the Egyptian foreign service. He holds a doctoral and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the U.S., as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the American University in Cairo.