Malena Sell

Commercial Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Malena Sell works on trade and environment at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs trade policy unit. Before joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2013 Malena Sell worked at ICTSD for over 10 years, including as Environment and Natural Resources Senior Programme Officer, on issues related to energy and climate change and BRIDGES publications. She also worked at the World Bank and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Ms. Sell holds an MA in Environmental Studies and a BA in International Relations (international commerce), both from Brown University.

Opinion

14 September 2018
Our current resource use is unsustainable – the circular economy provides a solution through its focus on behavioural change, resource and energy efficiency, and the closing of material loops. The focus of the circular economy is on the full life cycle of products. In today’s globalised world, raw...
27 January 2017
With globalisation and trade increasingly challenged on multiple fronts, what can advocates of a rules-based international system do in response to urgent social and environmental concerns? The author argues that opportunities abound in environmental and industrial innovation and that an updated...

Bridges news

22 November 2012
Establishing a long-term approach to resource sustainability that is widely acceptable to a diverse group of actors will be a monumental task. One of the most difficult challenges is that resource sustainability debates tend to be compartmentalised according to sectors, often take place in a range...
20 August 2012
Following months of informal negotiations and amid lowered expectations, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) drew to a close on 22 June, with civil society groups openly criticising governments for wasting a seldom seen opportunity. But while critics pointed to the need...
14 October 2010
The WTO fisheries negotiations are often said to provide the single greatest opportunity for the environment under the faltering Doha Round. The focus is on cutting the subsidies that allow for the overexploitation of fisheries, and thus on safeguarding the resource itself and the significant...