Appointed Managing Director of GRID-Arendal on 1 December 2006, Dr Peter Prokosch heads an international team representing 15 different nations and manages resources to support the work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Prior to his appointment, Dr Prokosch served, for five years, as the Chief Executive Officer of WWF Germany in Frankfurt. From 1992 to 2001, he was responsible for polar affairs as the Director of WWF International’s Arctic Programme in Oslo, Norway. Dr Prokosch has enjoyed a long and lasting relationship with WWF that started in 1984 when he established and led the Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany in Kiel and Husum.
Earlier in his career, Dr Prokosch served in several consulting and research positions with the government of Schleswig-Holstein and the University in Kiel. He has also consulted on coastal protection measures and ornithological issues. His thesis on the ecology of the Arctic shore birds in the Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein gave rise to an active championing role in the protection of the Wadden Sea as a national park as well as the establishment of protected areas in the high Arctic of the Siberian Taimyr peninsular and the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Dr Prokosch has a PhD in zoology, marine biology and oceanography from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel and received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Bonn and Kiel. He has been the editor of international environmental newsletters such as the “Wadden Sea Newsletter” and “WWF Arctic Bulletin”. He is a keen photographer of nature and wildlife, and has published more than 120 scientific and public papers.