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Washington, D.C. Staff

 

Operational Staff

 

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Dr. Frank Hawkins

Director

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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Roxanne Halley

Finance and Administrative Assistant

Hailing from the Isle of Spice Grenada, Roxanne Halley joined IUCN at the end of August 2011 as the Finance & Administrative Assistant for the team. She 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 art, cooking, music, photography, reading, writing and traveling. 

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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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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

Grants Coordinator

Craig Beatty is the Grants Coordinator for the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office and also assists the Global Marine and Polar Programme on Arctic and Antarctic policy initiatives and the Global ForestProgramme with spatial data and mapping needs.  Prior to joining IUCN, Craig pursued a passion for invertebrate ecology and environmental 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.

He is also the author of the IUCN Red List 50th Anniversary blog on National Geographic's NewsWatch website. You can read it here.


 

Gender

 

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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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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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Rebecca Pearl-Martinez

Senior Gender Officer

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez specializes in policy-oriented research and strategy, with 18 years of experience in the environment and development sectors. Rebecca has been collaborating with and consulting for IUCN since 2003. She developed IUCN’s Environment and Gender Index (environmentgenderindex.org), which was nominated for a Katerva Award, manages IUCN’s nascent work on gender and clean energy, and authored The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making.

Prior to her current role at IUCN, Rebecca was the Senior Researcher for Climate Change at Oxfam America, where she led research on renewable energy employment, national governance of adaptation finance, and agriculture-based climate change mitigation, and was a Visiting Lecturer on climate change adaptation governance at Tufts University. Rebecca led the Women’s Major Group process for the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development and co-founded and served as the first coordinator of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance, a joint initiative of UN agencies and civil society organizations. In the 90s, Rebecca worked at the UN Andean Region office based in Ecuador and with community development initiatives in Nicaragua. She has a background in biology and worked as a bird researcher for the National Science Foundation. 

Rebecca holds an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a BA in Environmental Science and Political Economy from Evergreen College.

 

Policy

 

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Narinder Kakar

IUCN UN Permanent Observer

Narinder Kakar is IUCN’s UN Permanent Observer in New York. Narinder will devote half of his time to working for IUCN and the other half to his work as Director of the UN Liaison Office in New York of the University for Peace. Narinder also serves as Visiting Professor to the University, teaching a course on the United Nations System.

An Indian citizen, Narinder has extensive experience of the UN, including 30 years' work with UNDP, both in New York and at country level, as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. He also was associated with the work of the IPCC.

Narinder obtained his B.A. from the Delhi Polytechnic and received a Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism in Delhi. He also received an MBA degree from Haceteppe University in Turkey. He was a Research Associate at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, in 1994, carrying out work in the field of social development.

He has served on a number of important boards and committees, including the UN Joint Staff Pension Board and the Board of Directors of the UN Federal Credit Union, of which he was Chairman. Within the United Nations he served as Chairperson of the UN Joint Appeals Board for a number of years.
 

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.

Carole.Saint-Laurent@iucn.org 

 

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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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Salome Begeladze

Financial and Logistics Assistant, Landscape Restoration

Salome was born in the Republic of Georgia and came to the USA with a passion for International Relations and Development. She received her Master’s Degree is International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University and Bachelor’s of Science in Public Affairs from Baruch College. She was also chosen as a Global Research Fellow at the NYU Research Institute in London to conduct her thesis on “Climate Change Amelioration: Climate Change Initiatives in Central Asia and South Caucasus”. Before joining IUCN, she worked for United Nations High Level Task Force on Global Food Security. Her career interests include Climate Change Impact on Global Food Security, Economic Benefits of Biodiversity and Implementation of Sustainable Practices in Agroecology and Renewable Energy. 

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Aaron Reuben

Communications Officer

Aaron Reuben is a scientist, writer, and conservationist. He's co-founded or managed nearly half a dozen publications, both scientific and popular, and has contributed new writing on the environment and human health to Grist, Sierra Magazine, and The Atlantic. He has produced new research at numerous universities, including Columbia and Yale University, on topics as varied as the neuroscience of aging and the policy of global air pollution control. He serves IUCN as a communications professional, using old-fashioned story telling and new-fangled technology to increase the pace of forest restoration around the world. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior and English Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is one of Middlebury College's 2013 Environmental Journalism Fellows.

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.

Global Marine and Arctic Program Staff

 

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Martha McConnell

Manager, Polar Programme

Prior to joining IUCN, Martha served as Marine Science faculty at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Martha was also a study director for the Ocean Studies Board and Polar Research Board at the National Academy of Science and has served as a congressional fellow for Senator Lautenberg (NJ) focusing on ocean acidification legislation. She has spent time teaching on sailing school vessels at the Sea Education Association, Inc., and participated in two fields seasons in Antarctica for aerogeophysical research projects. Martha holds a BA in geology from Colgate University and a MS and PhD in paleoceanography/paleoclimatology from the University of South Carolina. 

To contact Martha, please email her at martha.mcconnell@iucn.org.

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Harlan Cohen

Advisor on Ocean Governance and International Institutions

Working within the IUCN Global Marine and Arctic Programme, Harlan Cohen has responsibility for IUCN’s international ocean governance work. He has extensive experience with multilateral institutions, having participated in meetings at United Nations headquarters in New York, including of the General Assembly, and of other bodies on a number of subjects including biodiversity, climate change, chemicals, desertification, fisheries, governance, pollutants, science, shipping, trade, wastes, and wetlands.  He advises on IUCN’s policies and positions with respect to a wide range of international oceans and fisheries fora to ensure that IUCN’s positions are coordinated, balanced, practical, and in keeping with resolutions and recommendations as adopted at IUCN’s World Conservation Congresses.

Harlan is a former senior member of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he worked on marine, Antarctic and Arctic issues. He served in Curaçao, Frankfurt am Main, Paramaribo, and Geneva. While in Geneva, he focused on environmental and scientific issues and worked with the staff of Secretariats for six global environmental conventions, four regional environmental conventions and with a number of other environmental and scientific organizations. Harlan edited the 9th edition of the Antarctic Treaty Handbook. He has a B.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in modern European history from Cambridge University and also completed a year of graduate study in science, technology and public policy at the George Washington University.

 

To contact Harlan, please email him at harlan.cohen@iucn.org.
 

 

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Dr. Charlotte de Fontaubert

Senior Marine Advisor

Charlotte's experience in marine conservation spans 20 years and ranges from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States Senate to the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) in East Africa. She also ran the Greenpeace oceans campaign in Washington for two years. Charlotte completed her Master's degree in Marine Policy at the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Marine Studies at the University of Delaware. In addition to international diplomacy and field work, Charlotte has extensive teaching experience, having taught at the University of Delaware and American University in Washington, DC, as well as spending almost two years teaching marine policy for Boston University in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Charlotte has been associated with IUCN since 1998 and is a member of two of IUCN's commissions, the Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and the World Commission on Protected Areas . She co-authored three major IUCN publications on marine biodiversity, international fisheries and high seas resources and contributed to many others. For the last seven years, Charlotte has been working with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on fisheries in Morocco and Benin, with a particular focus on bringing IUCN's expertise on MPAs to bear.  She is also a Research Fellow at the School for Field Studies' Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos, where she carries out research on the impacts of climate change on beach profiles and risks to nesting turtles. In her spare time, she enjoys tagging sharks and marine turtles.

 

To contact Charlotte, please email her at cdefontaubert@gmail.com

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Suzanne Garrett

DCMC Coordinator

Suzanne comes to IUCN as a marine conservationist who has been passionate about the ocean realm since childhood. Previously, she worked on Oceana's deep-sea coral campaign and helped establish their “Dive into Ocean Conservation” program, which engaged the Scuba diving community in marine conservation. An avid diver herself, she has a Master's in marine policy from the University of Miami where her research focused on coral reef conservation. She brings her experience in marine ecosystems and conservation policy to many IUCN initiatives, including MPAs and climate change.

 

To contact Suzanne, please email her at slgarrett@hotmail.com.

 

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.

 

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Nieves García

Key Biodiversity Areas Unit

Nieves begun her career at IUCN on Earth Day 2008, when she joined the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation in Málaga (Spain) to work on regional Red Lists for the Mediterranean and North Africa, and support the organization of the World Conservation Congress held in Barcelona. In 2010 she moved to Cambridge (United Kingdom) to take the position of Junior Professional for the Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, where she worked on the EU-funded project "The integration of freshwater biodiversity in the development process throughout Africa." Between 2011 and 2013 she was Programme Officer of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, a joint initiative of IUCN Global Species Programme and Conservation International. Her work at this position was oriented to expand the knowledge on the conservation status of pollinators (bumblebees) and freshwater species in South America and the Arabian Peninsula, the key services that they provide to ecosystems, and importance to livelihoods. She is co-author of the publication "Implications of bias in conservation research and investment for freshwater species” and editor of “The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Northern Africa", amongst others. She graduated in Environmental Sciences at Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Spain) and University of Hertfordshire (UK) and has carried out research field work in bird ecology at Universidad Nacional de León (Nicaragua), and marine turtle conservation in Costa Rica. Currently, Nieves supports IUCN´s Key Biodiversity Areas Unit.

To contact Nieves, please email her at nieves.garcia@iucn.org.

Ecosystem Management Programme

 

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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