WCEF2022 Speaker - Maxwell Gomera

Maxwell Gomera

Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP )

Maxwell Gomera is a resource economist with over 20 years’ experience in nature conservation and agricultural development. He has worked on economic development issues, including being part of a team that developed the “Global Green New Deal” for reviving the global economy and boosting employment in response to the financial and economic crisis of 2008. 

“The 2008 crisis offered many lessons. An enduring one for me was the need for us to take time for introspection and make sure that we are building futures for ourselves that have a purpose far greater than the zeroes on a bank balance,” he said. 

Max has worked extensively with governments and corporates from across the world on a range of issues, including tourism development, human rights and wildlife management. “Until the people who live with wildlife recognise them as an important resource, the future for wildlife will remain uncertain,” he said. 

Max is a Senior Fellow of Aspen New Voices. He is an accomplished writer and is widely published. He has been a member of many boards. Max is married and has two daughters and a son – they all love Arsenal Football Club.