A native of the Gambia, Fatima Denton is the Director of the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa at the United Nations University (UNU), Ghana. Prior to joining UNU, Dr Denton worked in Ethiopia from 2012 with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Her roles included Director of the Natural Resource Management Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre. Previously Dr Denton was a Programme Leader with the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she managed high impact action research, including a major climate change adaptation research programme managing over 100 action research initiatives encompassing 40-plus projects across 33 countries in Africa. She has also worked as an energy scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme Risoe Centre (Denmark) and as an energy programme manager with Enda Tiers Monde (Senegal).