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Washington, D.C. Staff


Operational Staff


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Dr. Frank Hawkins


Frank is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with many years of experience working with governments, civil society and local communities in Africa and around the world.

Prior to joining IUCN, Frank was Senior Vice-President at Conservation International (CI). In addition to leading CI’s programme in Africa and Madagascar, he worked closely on green economy policy and land-use planning issues, emphasizing the value of nature as the basis for sustainable development, particularly in Liberia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and South Africa. He has collaborated with the US government and US-based institutions on a range of policy issues based on that field experience, including links between economic growth and natural resource use, mechanisms for promoting green investment, and multi-stakeholder engagement processes. He has organized events to highlight the potential for public-private partnerships to deliver nature-based development.

For 20 years until 2007, Frank worked primarily in Madagascar, with CI and other NGOs, where he conducted research on birds, lemurs and carnivores, and supported the government, local communities and local NGOs in implementing the National Environmental Action Plan. He has written or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books, the latest of which, the Birds of the Malagasy Region, will be published later this year.

Frank has joint UK and Canadian nationality, and is married with two teenage daughters. When not sampling the manifold delights of biodiversity around the world, he enjoys cycling, cheese and cinema, not necessarily in that order.


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Ang J. Sherpa, CPA

Senior Finance Manager

Ang joined the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office as Financial Officer on April 06, 1998, and was named Senior Finance Manager in April 2008. Prior to joining IUCN Washington, D.C., Ang was the Senior Finance Officer of the IUCN Nepal office from December 1992 to March 31, 1998. Prior to IUCN Nepal, Ang worked for projects under the Government of Nepal jointly funded by the Government of Nepal and donors (such as Swiss Development Corporation, USAID, UNDP, World Bank and AsDB in Nepal).

At IUCN Washington DC, Ang is responsible for overall management of the Washington DC Office Finance Unit and submission of IUCN Financial Reports to US based donors. Ang also serves in the capacity of CFO of IUCN-US (a US non-profit organization) under contract between IUCN and IUCN-US.

Ang is a graduate of Tribuvan University in Nepal,  received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Strayer University in Washington, D.C. and is a Certified Public Accountant from the Commonwealth State of Viriginia.  Ang is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Ang is married to Ms. Phurba Sherpa and has two boys, Kalden and Nima Gyalgen.

To contact Ang, please email him at ang.sherpa@iucn.org.


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Debbie Good

Human Resource Manager, US/Canada Membership Focal Point, and Executive Assistant

Debbie Good is the Human Resource Manager and the U.S./Canada Membership Focal Point of the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office. She also serves as Executive Assistant to the Director.

Debbie began her career in the international environmental field in 1972 at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she worked in the Office of International Activities on various environmental issues. After spending 18 years in the government, Debbie joined the Environmental Defense Fund (an IUCN member), working with the International Counsel on climate change issues. She joined the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office in 1994 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and soon thereafter took on management of human resources and membership for the office. Outside of work, Debbie enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, skiing and working with stained glass. 



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Carlos Mendez

Finance and Administrative Assistant

All the way from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Carlos has worked in the financial field for over 10 years.  Carlos worked for the Peace Corps here in Washington before returning to La Paz where he worked for the American Embassy as an accountant. After six years, Carlos and his family returned to the States as an accountant and book keeper for Booz Allen Hamilton and the PA Consulting Group. 

Carlos is married to Luz and they have three sons, Miguel, Leandro and Cristian. On the weekends Carlos enjoys spending time with his family and playing, watching or listening to soccer.


Carlos may be reached by email at carlos.mendez@iucn.org.


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Sajid Ali

Human Resources Manager, Global HR Services

Sajid Ali started working with IUCN in May 1998 at the Pakistan Country Office and then moved to the IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bangkok (Thailand) in May 1999 where he worked as a Human Resources Officer for IUCN Asia. In 2006 he moved to Hanoi (Vietnam) to take up the position of Country Group HR Manager for IUCN offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

In 2007 he was transferred to the IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland to establish global systems for compensation & benefits management, performance management, job evaluation etc. He is also the HR focal point for assisting the regional and outposted offices on operational HR matters.

From July 2011 Sajid’s position has been moved to the IUCN Washington DC Office where he currently works as a Human Resources Manager, Global HR Services.

Before joining IUCN, Sajid worked as a journalist in an English daily newspaper “The News” and has around 150 published articles. He also worked as an International Merchandiser in a leading cloth and garment manufacturing firm in Karachi.

Sajid has a SHRM certified Masters degree in HR Management, a post graduate degree in Law and a Bachelors degree in Commerce. His Master thesis topic was “comparative study of work environment as perceived by female and male professional employees in the NGO sector in Thailand and Pakistan”. 

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Xuan Ma (Sue)

Finance and Administrative Assistant

Sue was born and raised in Vietnam. Her sister sponsored her to move to the US in 1992 where she completed an Accounting Associated Degree at Montgomery College in1998. Sue had worked for 14 years as a staff accountant at Chindex International Inc., an export company for medical equipment to China. In 2014, the company moved from Bethesda to China and Sue began her career with IUCN. 


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Larissa Hotra

Development and Strategic Partnerships Officer

Larissa Hotra is the Development and Strategic Partnerships Officer of the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office, part of the Strategic Partnerships Unit in Gland, Switzerland. Prior to joining IUCN, Larissa has worked for over six years on issues relating to the environment, including environmental education, justice, human rights, resource-based conflict, community-based conservation, green technology, development and sustainable agriculture.

Larissa holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.S. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.


To contact Larissa, please email her at larissa.hotra@iucn.org.


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Craig Beatty

Programme Officer

Craig Beatty is a Programme Officer for the IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme where he helps assess the geographic and biodiversity components of national-level assessments of Forest Landscape Restoration opportunity in support of the Bonn Challenge. Craig also acts as the Grants Coordinator and communications focal point for the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office.  Prior to joining IUCN, Craig pursued a passion for nature, ecology and science by designing or participating in field research projects in Northern Virginia, Mexico, Eastern Australia and Tasmania, and throughout Central and Coastal Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida,  and a research-based Master of Science Degree and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science & Policy and Geographic Information Science from George Mason University.





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Lorena Aguilar

Global Senior Gender Advisor

Lorena has more than twenty-five years of experience in projects and initiatives involving public policy development, building local institutions and the incorporation of social and gender issues into development. She established and consolidated the IUCN Global Gender Office, which is the preferred partner for international governments and non-governmental organizations seeking to promote gender equality and women empowerment for achieving biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has created and/or is part of some of the most influential international gender networks; e.g. the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders of the Environment and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance.

She has developed strategies for mainstreaming gender in leading organizations, including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). She supports governments to develop gender policies and to create organizational capacity in the area of gender equality and women¹s empowerment. Lorena has authored over seventy publications, including thirty books, on gender, development, disaster risk, water, health and environment.

She is often a keynote speaker at several international conferences, congresses and high-level events. 

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Margaux Granat

Policy Specialist

 Margaux joins the IUCN Global Gender Programme while completing her M.S. in Climate Science & Policy from Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy. Prior to IUCN, Margaux volunteered with the Peace Corps in Armenia, promoting environmental justice and sustainable development through educational outreach and policy programs. Her tenures as a high school environmental science teacher, camp director and Sierra Club program coordinator laid the foundation for her work and inspired her to pursue research on international climate change adaptation policy in areas of gender equality, food security, and community vulnerability and resilience, specifically through opportunities for clean energy solutions and finance mechanisms. A Northern California native, Margaux was raised in the backyard of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she cultivated a love of the outdoors. On weekends, if not retreating back to the woods, you can find her on urban adventures, swimming, cycling, or gardening. She holds a Master’s in Education for Earth Science and a B.S. in Environmental Science both from University of California  at Santa Barbara, and has experience in over 30 countries around the world.

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Roxanne Halley

Finance and Logistics Officer

Hailing from the Isle of Spice Grenada, Roxanne Halley joined the  IUCN Global Gender Office in June 2015 as the Finance & Logistics Officer. She is no stranger to IUCN as she has been with the organization since 2011 as the Finance and Administrative Assistant to the IUCN DC Office, working closely with the Director, Senior Finance Office, and the HR and Member focal poin.

Roxanne is a 2010 Graduate of the historical Howard University, receiving a BBA in the field of Accounting. In the summer of 2007 she interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in her homeland, gaining financial experience from a Fortune 500 Company. She returned to the US to continue her studies and also to work as the Business Office Assistant for the University’s bookstore (reporting to the Accountant & Operations Manager) for the remainder of her academic life. In addition to juggling a part-time job and a full-time study grind, Roxanne also volunteered at The Messenger - WPFW 89.3fm here in Washington DC, where she hosted a 15-minute program called “The Pulse” reporting on Caribbean news and also interviewing Reggae & Dancehall artistes live on-air and in concert. In her quiet time she enjoys music, reading, writing and spending quality time with her boys (two sons and parter) at home.

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Cate Owren

Senior Gender Officer

Cate joined IUCN’s Global Gender Office after nearly seven years with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York, where she most recently served as Executive Director and held various program positions prior. With over a decade of experience working on gender and sustainable development issues, her areas of focus have been women’s rights and gender equality advocacy, women’s political participation and empowerment, women’s organizing and networking, climate change and biodiversity, and she has enjoyed a wide range of experiences in global processes such as UNFCCC, CSD, CBD, CSW, Rio+20, and those elaborating the post-2015 development agenda. In her capacity as WEDO’s ED, she served on the Advisory Boards of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), among other positions and opportunities.

Cate has traveled, lived or worked in more than 25 countries and has degrees in International Affairs/Socioeconomic Development (M.A., The New School), English Literature and Theater (B.S., Skidmore College.) She was an early member of a New York-based theater company and still enjoys life filled with the arts.

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Maggie Roth

Communications Officer, Global Gender Officer

Maggie joined the Gender Team after managing communications and knowledge management for the USAID-funded Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program. Maggie has previous experience with IUCN, as she worked in Switzerland for the Global Communications Unit and managed the media team at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Prior to her work at IUCN, Maggie worked in Boston for a public relations agency and was a freelance writer. Maggie has a B.A. in Journalism from Gordon College and is pursuing her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about engaging the public in conversations about climate science, its inherent problems, and potential solutions—striving to make it more broadly accessible and understood through effective communication and increased public involvement in policy discussions.



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Narinder Kakar

Permanent Observer of IUCN to the United Nations

Mr. Kakar has had extensive experience working for the United Nations.  Prior to joining IUCN, he served the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for over 30 years.  During his long and distinguished career with UNDP, he served in countries like Yemen, Guyana, Turkey, China and the Maldives with progressively increasing responsibilities, culminating in the position of UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, in addition to serving in senior positions at UNDP Headquarters, which included inter alia, serving as Director of the Division for Resources Mobilization. 

During his long career with UNDP, his responsibilities included development and management of programs in human development and the broader aspect of sustainable development.  While in the Maldives in the mid-1990s, he was instrumental in co-sponsoring with the Government of Maldives the meeting of the IPCC in 1997, preparatory to the UNFCC COP meeting in Kyoto, Japan.  He has played active roles in deliberations related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and in the ongoing Post-2015 Development Agenda, including formulation of the SDGs.

Mr. Kakar has served on a number of boards: as Chairperson of the UN Joint Appeals Board; Chairman of the UN Federal Credit Union (a saving and loan institution with assets of over $ 4 billion currently); Member of the Board of Directors of the UN Joint Staff Pension Board (with assets of over $ 45 billion currently); and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International School of Beijing.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Foundation for International Training, and on the editorial board of the Law Review Journal of the University for Peace.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy, dedicated to promoting the cause of environmental conservation. 

Mr. Kakar secured his bachelor-level diploma after studying at Delhi Polytechnic and a Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism in Dehli. He secured his Masters' degree from the Haceteppe University in Turkey. Subsequently, he was a Research Associate at Harvard University. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, teaching a course on environmental diplomacy. 

Narinder may be contacted by email at Narinder.Kakar@iucn.org.


Forest and Climate Program Staff


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Carole Saint-Laurent

Deputy Director Global Forest and Climate Change Programme

Carole Saint-Laurent is Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Forest and Climate Change Programme.  She has also been the Coordinator of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) since its launch in 2003. Carole has more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy and programme development working at the international and national levels for IUCN, WWF, Pollution Probe and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. Carole has also acted as an adviser to the UN Department of Environmental and Social Affairs and to the private sector on a range of issues related to sustainable development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law, with a specialization in International Environmental Law.



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Patrick Wylie

Senior REDD+ Advisor and Climate Change Mitigation Policy Officer

A forester by training with a Masters of Arts in International Studies, Patrick has worked for NGO, private and public sectors both at home in his native Canada and in Ecuador, Bolivia and pan-Asia.  Having worked with land-use planning, remote sensing, forest certification and community forest development over the last decade, he recharges by canoeing, cycling and mountaineering the landscapes in which he works.

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Miguel Calmon

Senior Manager, Landscape Restoration Knowledge, Tools and Capacity.

Miguel worked for several years for The Nature Conservancy holding a variety of positions including the Carbon Monitoring Coordinator, Director of the Atlantic Forest Conservation Programme, Director of the Forest and Climate Change Programme in Latin America, and Manager of the Latin America Sustainable Food Security Regional Unit. He has also supported and managed major restoration and ecosystem services projects for the BioAtlântica Institute, the OCT-­‐Odebrecht Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), and coordinated the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (AFRP). He holds a Postdoc in Crop Modelling from the University of Florida; a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Penn State University; a Masters in Irrigation Engineering and K.U. Leuven (Belgium); and a B.A. in Agronomy, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil. Miguel spearheads the delivery of new knowledge, tools and capacity aimed at facilitating the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 – known as the Bonn Challenge.

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Chetan Kumar

Manager, Landscape Restoration Science and Knowledge

Chetan brings in a strong track record of conducting and managing interdisciplinary research programs on environment and development issues. His work has mainly focussed on better understanding and practical application of research on broad range of issues such as forest-poverty link, conservation-development tradeoffs, role of ecosystem services in poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation.   

He has previously held positions at DFID as Research Specialist, University of Cambridge as Research Associate, Programme Officer at UNEP-WCMC, Project Coordinator at CIFOR and Research Associate at TERI. Chetan has managed knowledge support and capacity building programs at national, regional level and participated in global comparative studies collaborating with think tanks, academia, government agencies and donor organizations. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, working papers, policy briefs and short communication pieces.

Chetan has a BSc degree in Chemistry, Master’s in Forestry Management (India), MPhil and PhD in Geography from University of Cambridge (UK). As well as doing and managing formal research, Chetan has a strong interest in approaches for putting research findings and recommendations in the forestry sector to direct use.


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Elmedina Krilasevic

Programme Officer, Forest Landscape Restoration

Elmedina is a Bosnian national with 10 years of experience dealing with a broad set of policy issues and practical challenges of biodiversity conservation, governance, climate change, desertification and land degradation, public participation and community engagement, environmental and social safeguards, and project monitoring and evaluation.  

Prior to joining IUCN, Elmedina has collaborated with various international development institutions such as the World Bank, IFC and EBRD, as a specialist and project manager, working on development projects and strategic initiatives in both public and private sectors in South-East Europe, Central Asia and Latin America, as well as with UN organizations.

She has a master's degree in Forest Policy and Economics from the European Forest Institute’s International Master Program executed by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Belgrade. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, finalizing her master studies at Yale, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2009.

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Adriana Vidal

Forest Policy Officer

Adriana is a lawyer by training with a passion for international policy in forest and land use and climate change. She brings 8 years of experience working in Peru providing legal support to non-profit organizations that develop REDD+ projects with farmers and indigenous communities within the Amazon rainforest. Adriana has also provided comprehensive advice to the private sector in natural resources legal issues involved in extractive industries, which included working with communities and the government. Adriana continued her career in D.C. from May 2014, after graduating from New York University with a Master in Environmental Law. Before joining IUCN's GFCCP, Adriana worked in REDD+ and indigenous people's issues with the International Climate Change Program at Environmental Defense Fund, and later at Climate Focus as a researcher in forest and land use related with climate change.

Adriana spends her weekends finding new spots for hiking and kayaking. She is an avid seeker for outdoor activities and being in contact with nature.

Island Staff


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Kate Brown

Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Coordinator

A passion for islands and island people are the reasons that Kate Brown loves her job. Kate is from New Zealand (an island country) and spent eight years working on island issues at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia, Samoa prior to joining IUCN. She also worked in Western Australia on promoting sustainable farming systems in agriculture.

Kate now leads the GLISPA Coordination Unit based in IUCN Washington, D.C. Office. GLISPA is a partnership of which IUCN is a partner, with a steering committee to help with the functioning of the partnership.

The main focus of her work with GLISPA is to raise attention of island issues globally, facilitate the sharing of experiences between island countries and countries with islands, to support island leadership and commitment by facilitating both technical and financial resources to help islands meet their goals and to enable GLISPA members to work together to advance island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

GLISPA is recognized as one of the mechanisms to advance the Convention on Biological Diversity’s island biodiversity programme of work and was called for by island leaders at the Mauritius international meeting for Small Island Developing States in 2005.


To contact Kate, please email kate.brown@iucn.org.



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Jessica Robbins

Islands Communications Manager, Global Island Partnership

Jessica’s focus is on planning and implementation of communication initiatives that help to advance sustainable livelihoods and conservation of biodiversity for island communities. Jessica has a unique role that helps to advance the mission of the Global Island Partnership to promotes action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods. IUCN is pleased to host the GLISPA Coordination Team as part of its commitment to the Partnership and island conservation.


As part of her role, Jessica also supports the coordination of strategic communication initiatives that use Entertainment-Education to stimulate behavior change around priority issues in Caribbean and other island regions with another GLISPA partners, PCI Media Impact who co-funds the role.


Prior to joining the Global Island Partnership and IUCN in January 2011, Jessica spent three years working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre based in Suva, Fiji Islands. Her core experience is in knowledge management, specifically in implementing systems to improve the sharing of knowledge between the Pacific and small island states globally to enhance development effectiveness.


Before her position at the UNDP, Jessica worked in a telecommunications research laboratory as a user research specialist on the development of new broadband technologies for low bandwidth access countries. Jessica is originally from the island state of Tasmania, Australia and has a strong drive towards conservation of islands, globally. An avid hiker, diver, traveler and foodie, she finds her travels to islands are a continuous adventure. 

To contact Jessica, please email her at Jessica.robbins@glispa.org.

Species and Biodiversity Program Staff


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Martin Sneary

Manager - Biodiversity Risk Assessment and Corporate Decision Support

Martin Sneary is the Manager for Biodiversity Risk Assessment and Corporate Decision Support with IUCN, and also the Programme Director for IBAT, the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool – a multi-institutional programme of work involving BirdLife International, Conservation International, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. His focus is on promoting, developing and implementing key safeguards, guidance and decision-support tools to improve business practices while delivering significant net positive impacts for healthy ecosystems. He is knowledgeable on a broad suite of environmental and policy-related issues and their relevance to industry, with a strong desire to assist companies to better understand and value the importance of our natural heritage.


Prior to joining IUCN, Martin spent almost 10 years with BirdLife International, leading their Biodiversity Information Management division, including a 2 year secondment with Conservation International where he served as a Senior Adviser. Before this, he has spent time with UNEP-WCMC and also 3 years in the private sector.


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Neil Cox

Manager, Biodiversity Assessment Unit

Neil Cox is a Programme Officer of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, a joint initiative of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Conservation International's Center for Applied Biodiversity Science based in Washington, DC. At present, his primary focus is the Global Amphibian Assessment, a comprehensive review of the conservation status for each of the world’s 5,500 amphibian species.

Before joining IUCN, Neil was a Programme Officer for the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Cambridge, UK). At UNEP-WCMC, Neil worked on a wide range of global and regional biodiversity related issues including conservation assessments, species trade (CITES) and biodiversity indicators. Neil has been associated with the IUCN Red List, since 1994, in a variety of capacities including species assessment and data collection and management.


To contact Neil, please email him at n.cox@conservation.org.


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Marcelo Tognelli

Programme Officer, Biodiversity Assessment Unit – IUCN-SSC/CI-S&K

Marcelo is a Programme Officer within the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, a joint initiative of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the Science and Knowledge Division of Conservation International. The main focus of his work is to provide support to ongoing global assessment initiatives and to synthesize, manage, and analyze species conservation data. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in his native Argentina, and his Ph. D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. After completing his graduate studies, Marcelo was involved in conservation planning research in Chile, both in the terrestrial and marine realms. He has also conducted research in Argentina combining species distribution modeling and conservation planning to identify conservation priority areas for several groups of species. Prior to joining IUCN, Marcelo worked at the University of California in Davis reviewing and selecting environmental and socio-economic indicators in two watersheds in Northern California.


To contact Marcelo, please email m.tognelli@conservation.org.


Ecosystem Management Programme


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Philip Bowles

Programme Officer, Biodiversity Assessment Unit

Philip Bowles joined the Biodiversity Assessment Unit (BAU) in 2010, first with Conservation International and, since 2012, as an IUCN employee. Since 2011 he has also been the Coordinator of IUCN’s Snake and Lizard Red List Authority.

Phil works as a Programme Officer, organising and providing support for the BAU’s Red List assessments, with a particular focus on the ongoing Global Reptile Assessment. In this capacity he is the primary point of contact for IUCN’s snake and lizard assessments and responsible for liaising with IUCN’s reptile-themed Species Specialist Groups.

Phil came to IUCN having completed Masters degrees in tropical ecology (James Cook University) and in taxonomy (Imperial College), including ecological research focusing on amphibians in Thailand and insects in the UK. He is an enthusiastic herpetologist, with field experience working with amphibians and reptiles in Australia, Southeast Asia and Madagascar. Phil is a keen photographer, and a number of his photographs of reptiles and amphibians have been included in the IUCN Red List.


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Ali Raza Rizvi

Programme Manager EbA (Ecosystem Based Adaptation).

Ali Raza Rizvi has over 20 years of professional experience in promoting environmental conservation and human well-being. He has been with IUCN since 1994, initially in Asia and now with the Global Ecosystem Management Programme in Washington DC. Ali has held different portfolios, including Regional Group Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group in Asia. Based on this he has led a team of international experts working on various thematic areas; biodiversity & species, coastal & marine, environmental economics, and disaster risk reduction. He was also Head of the Climate Change & Resilience Programme. Before joining Ecosystem Management Programme, he held the position of Programme Manager Southeast Asia with the responsibilities of providing technical support in the thematic areas of climate adaptation, food security, disaster risk reduction, and gender integration not only to the Country Offices in Southeast Asia but also for the whole of the Asia Region. His projects management experience ranges in the field of education, conservation, sustainable strategy development, integrated coastal zone management, poverty reduction, disaster management, and climate change.

His experience of working in the field of Ecosystem-based Adaptation has encompassed a wide range of field work and policy influencing initiatives, and has provided technical assistance to various field projects. This has entailed developing strategic partnerships with international and national organizations, academia, media, and private sector along with supervising vulnerability and capacity assessments, developing strategies, and implementation plans. In addition he has worked with mainstream development and humanitarian agencies on disaster management, risk reduction, livelihoods, and adaptation initiatives with the objective of incorporating ecosystem based approaches into their work. Currently, he is responsible for the IUCN global programme on Ecosystem based Adaptation.

To contact Ali, please email ali.raza@iucn.org

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Alison Greenberg

Programme Officer, Global Economics and Social Science Programme (GESSP)

Alison manages the GEESP’s Social Science for Conservation Fellowship Programme with an aim to help IUCN’s staff broaden and strengthen their ability to design, manage and measure the impact of resilient, multiple-benefit conservation interventions. She previously led the development of 'The Promise of Sydney', one of the main outcomes from the 2014 World Parks Congress. Before joining IUCN, Alison worked for 16 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where she developed and implemented a pioneering strategy for mainstreaming social science capacities in TNC, in addition to her core responsibilities as Senior Development Officer for Global Priorities. Alison’s training at The Johns Hopkins University and TNC centered on applying ideas and tools from sociology, political science and economics to biodiversity conservation.

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You can contact Alison at Alison.Greenberg (@) iucn.org with any questions about this Programme.