James Murombedzi is Climate and Resource Governance Specialist with the UN Economic Commission for Africa. He is a global expert on how land and resource rights affect rural stakeholders and local governance in Africa. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative at the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Mr. Murombedzi has held roles as chief technical advisor for the Environment and Energy at the UN Development Programme in Liberia and has served as regional director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He received his doctorate in Applied Social Science from the University of Zimbabwe.