On January 1, 2009, Sophie Punte became the Executive Director of the CAI-Asia Center in Manila, after working as the CAI-Asia Center's Deputy Executive Director since July 2007.
"As the incoming Executive Director, I look forward to work with you and the CAI-Asia Center team on integrating air quality management in cities' policies and actions and replicating successes in many more Asian cities," she says.
During the CAI-Asia Partnership Meeting in Bangkok, Cornie Huizenga publicly announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director of the CAI-Asia Center starting January 2009. In a heartfelt speech, he expressed how honored he was in having been part of the organization for the past seven years, and he was glad that Sophie is uniquely qualified to manage CAI-Asia's activities and programs.
For four years Sophie worked at the United Nations in Bangkok to lead a UNEP energy efficiency and climate change project for Asian industry in cooperation with partner organizations in nine countries. Prior to joining the UN, Sophie was senior manager with audit and advisory firm KPMG in Australia and The Netherlands, where she advised clients in the public and private sector on environmental and sustainability management, with a key focus on corporate social responsibility issues. She also worked as a policy analyst with the New Zealand environment ministry and as environmental scientist with an engineering firm. She holds a Master of Science (Biology) and a Master of Environmental Management from the Netherlands.