BIOPAMA contacts




Christine Mentzel

Christine Mentzel

BIOPAMA focal point for East and South Africa

Christine Mentzel joined IUCN in October 2012 as the focal point for the BIOPAMA programme of the ESARO region. She is based in the South Africa Country Office in Pretoria.

Christine has a background in Zoology and a Masters Degree in African Mammalogy from the University of Pretoria. After a detour into the corporate sector, she began her conservation career in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in 2003, working with the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

During her time in Tanzania, she also worked as a lecturer in Wildlife Management as well as running a multinational research project on carnivore diseases. In early 2007, Christine joined the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), a South African Conservation NGO working across the ESA region, as Conservation Manager, where she was responsible for the strategic planning of the EWT’s conservation activities and development of new projects, as well as supporting the implementation of projects within the various programmes.

Career Highlights include project managing the development of an Endangered Species Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for the Government of Botswana as well as the mentoring of various Tanzanian students while working in Tanzania, both at the University and in the Serengeti.

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Sébastien Regnaut

Sébastien Regnaut

BIOPAMA focal point for West and Central Africa

Hyacinth Armstrong

Hyacinth Armstrong Vaughn

BIOPAMA focal point for the Caribeean

Hyacinth Armstrong-Vaughn joined the IUCN Mesoamerican and Caribbean Initiative team in November 2013 as the Protected Areas Officer for the BIOPAMA programme.

Hyacinth has significant experience in designing, managing and implementing environmental projects within the Caribbean. Prior to working with IUCN, she managed the ICRAN Coastal and Marine Management and Education in the Southeastern Caribbean project. This project provided training, networking opportunities and financial support to marine protected areas in five Caribbean countries; and produced a short film showcasing the marine protected areas of the southeastern Caribbean. She is based at the offices of the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), an IUCN member at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus in Barbados.

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Tony O'Keeffe

Tony O'Keeffe

BIOPAMA focal point for the Pacific

Jamie Kemsey, Global Protected Areas Programme

Jamie Kemsey

BIOPAMA communications lead

Jamie is based in the Asia Regional Office, in Bangkok, Thailand. As the Global Protected Areas Programme's Regional Communications Network Manager, he is responsible for leading communications on the BIOPAMA programme.

Before joining IUCN, Jamie worked for the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative. His extensive experience covers countries in Africa and Asia, including communications work for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, BirdLife International and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has extensive biodiversity conservation knowledge at all levels as well as many other skills, including professional writing and editing and project development. A US citizen, Jamie speaks English, French and Bahasa Indonesia, and holds university degrees in Communications and International Environmental Policy.

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Roxana Bucioaca

Roxana Bucioaca

BIOPAMA Liaison and Communications Officer

Roxana’s role is to ensure effective coordination, communication and liaison between the Programme and the European Commission, the EU Members States associated to the project, as well as with the ACP Secretariat and other stakeholders in Europe. She also supports the general programme communications and the internal communication with the IUCN regions participating in the programme and partners.

Roxana joined IUCN in March 2011. She is Romanian and has an academic background in Communication and Public Relations, Political Sciences and European Affairs. In her previous working experience in several youth organizations, she coordinated national programmes implementation and liaised with European Union’s institutions (Parliament, Commission and External Action Service) and other organizations in Europe.

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