Kristine Tovmasyan is leading the UNESCO Natural Sciences unit in Central Asia sub-region at UNESCO office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her activities focus on promoting sustainable environmental development through greater scientific knowledge and international cooperation across Central Asia in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, as well as working through UNESCOs intergovernmental programmes in sciences, such as International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP). Prior to joining Almaty, for almost nine years Kristine worked on disaster risk reduction, notably from geohazards, in Natural Science Sector, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She holds a PhD degree in geology from the University of Latvia. She also enhanced her skills in post-graduate studies as a visiting student at Earth Sciences centre, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway and Colorado School of Mines, USA.