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About Us

The ozone layer is a protective film around the Earth. It absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and protects us from its harmful effects. But, did you ever wonder who looks after the ozone layer? Well, countries, organizations and administrations like the Ozone Secretariat protect the ozone layer.

The Ozone Secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya, housed within the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). It is the administrative office for two very important ozone protection treaties/agreements, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Both play a major role in protecting the ozone layer and reduce the size of its hole.

The Ozone Secretariat organises conferences and meetings for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, manages the implementation of decisions resulting from these conventions and meetings, provides stakeholders with data and information on the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and provides governments, organizations and individuals with information on how they can protect the ozone layer as well.

17 Number of staff
7 Number of countries represented by staff
1991 Year of establishment

Our Mission

To facilitate and support the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to heal and protect the ozone layer, thus protecting human health, life on planet and minimizing impacts on climate.

Meet Our Team

Tina Birmpili

Tina Birmpili

Executive Secretary

Country of Origin: Greece Tina Birmpili

Megumi Seki

Megumi Seki

Deputy Executive Secretary

Country of Origin: Japan Megumi Seki

Gilbert Bankobeza

Gilbert Bankobeza

Senior Legal Officer

Country of Origin: United Republic of Tanzania Gilbert Bankobeza

Sophia Mylona

Sophia Mylona

Senior Environmental Affairs Officer

Country of Origin: Greece Sophia Mylona

Sandeep Bhambra

Sandeep Bhambra

Administrative/Fund Officer

Country of Origin: India Sandeep Bhambra

Gerald Mutisya

Gerald Mutisya

Programme Officer

Country of Origin: Kenya Gerald Mutisya

Katherine Theotocatos

Katherine Theotocatos

Programme Management Officer

Country of Origin: South Africa Katherine Theotocatos

Stephanie Egger Haysmith

Stephanie Egger Haysmith

Communications and Information Officer

Country of Origin: Switzerland Stephanie Egger Haysmith

Ann Gachingiri

Ann Gachingiri

Administrative Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Ann Gachingiri

Betty Kamanga

Betty Kamanga

Administrative Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Betty Kamanga

Esther Nginyo

Esther Nginyo

Meetings Services Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Esther Nginyo

Jacqueline Gitau

Jacqueline Gitau

Programme Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Jacqueline Gitau

Jacqueline Nyanjui

Jacqueline Nyanjui

Administrative Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Jacqueline Nyanjui

Julius Njenga

Julius Njenga

Information Management Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Julius Njenga

Lora Manasseh

Lora Manasseh

Programme Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Lora Manasseh

Martha Mulumba

Martha Mulumba

Senior Information Systems Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Martha Mulumba

Benjamin Kuria

Benjamin Kuria

Team Assistant

Country of Origin: Kenya Benjamin Kuria