Sophie Punte holds a Master of Science (Biology) and a Master of Environmental Management from the Netherlands and is passionate about the environment. She currently is Executive Director with the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center in Manila, which aims to facilitate improving the air quality of Asian cities.
For four years she 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. Sophie also worked as a policy analyst with the New Zealand environment ministry and as environmental scientist with an engineering firm.