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Speakers

Elena Bennett
Associate Professor; McGill School of Environment & Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Research experience: understanding and managing ecosystem services; research across multiple scales, in socio-ecological systems. IPBES contributor.
Robin Chazdon
Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Connecticut, USA, Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Senior Research Associate International Institute for Sustainability, Senior Fellow World Resources Institute. Research experience: tropical forest regeneration and restoration, biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.
Rodolfo Dirzo
Professor in Environmental Sciences and senior Fellow, Stanford University, USA, is a mexican citizen. Research experience: Tropical forest ecology and conservation, species interactions, evolutionary ecology.
Julia Carabias Lillo
Professor of Natural Resources and Ecology at UNAM, Mexico. Research experience: Tropical forests, sustainability and developement. Was Secretary of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries of Mexico (1994 to2000)
Sandra Díaz
Community and Ecosystems Ecology at Córdoba National University (Argentina) and Senior Principal Researcher of the Argentine National Research Council. Research interest: plant functional traits, their interactions with global environmental change drivers and their effects on ecosystem processes; diversity and sustainability research. IPBES lead author
Henrique Pereyra
Biologist and computer engineer, is a professor at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, is the chair of Geo BON; a portuguese citizen. Research experience: understanding the patterns and processes of global biodiversity change, with the goal of informing environmental policy and management of ecosystems. IPBES contributor
Wolfgang Cramer
Environmental geographer, plant ecologist and professor, is the research director of the Mediterranean Isntitute for Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) in Montpellier, France. A German citizen, is an expert on modelling forest dynamics under climate change. He now seeks a broader understanding of biosphere dynamics at the global and continental scale, including aspects of natural and human disturbance as well as biodiversity. IPBES contributor
Jasmin Godbold
Marine ecologist at the Univ. of Southampton’s Oceanlab. Her interests lie in understanding how marine communities interact with the environment and affect community dynamics and ecosystem properties in natural and disturbed ecosystems. A growin area on her research is the linkage between biodiversity, the environment and ecosystem services with respect to socio-economic benefits, management and policy decisions.
Kerry Waylen
Senior social scientist working on environmental governance at the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute, UK. Kerry has a background in both the natural and social sciences, and field experience in both the ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’. She studies initiatives and institutions trying to promote participatory and systemic management, including the Ecosystem Approach. She aims to understand and support progress to equitable and sustainable management of socio-ecological systems
Unai Pascual
Environmental Economics (2002) from the University of York (United Kingdom). More than 15 years working on sustainability science and environment & development links around the world. Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (2003-13). Lecturer at the University of Manchester (2001-03). Research line: Leader of the Climate & Natural Environment at BC3. Sustainability Science, environmental/ ecological economics, natural resource modeling, global environmental change, environment and development, biodiversity conservation.
Patricia Balvanera
Professor at the Center for Ecosystem Research (CIECO- Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas) of the National University of Mexico. She studies the links between biodiversity, the functioning of ecosystems, and the benefits or services society obtains from them. IPBES contributor
Rashid Sumaila
Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Research experience: fisheries, natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Nils Stenseth
Research Professor in ecology and evolution and Chair of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo. Research experience: ecological and evolutionary topics, most of which are rooted in population biology. Besides a wide range of theoretical issues, he has worked on terrestrial, aquatic and marine issues, as well as disease systems with an environmental reservoir (plague and anthrax).
Devra Jarvis
American. Joined Bioversity International in 1996. Member of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). She is also The principal scientist of the Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services group. Research experience: vegetation and climate change in south-western China through fossil and modern pollen records, in situ conservation of cultivated and wild crop diversity. She provides scientific guidance to research programmes and scientists at Bioversity International, international foundations, universities and research centres.
Braulio Dias
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility and Vice-President of the International Union of Biological Sciences and Coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network. A Brazilian citizen. Research experience: biodiversity science and policy.
José Sarukhán
Is the National Coordinator of CONABIO (national Commission for knowledge and use of Biodiversity). Plant biologist and pioneering contributor to the field of systems ecology. A specialist in the study of both temperate and tropical ecosystems, he has conducted extensive research on biodiversity in his native Mexico. By implementing innovative geographical data mining techniques, he hopes to improve the collection and interpretation of data necessary for long-term conservation.
Rainer Ressl
General Director of Geomatics of the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity of México (CONABIO). Research experience: satellite remote sensing for ecosystem monitoring, development of operational monitoring systems based on remote sensing and GIS data, e.g. for forest fire, land cover, and ocean products, and GIS applications related to biodiversity.
Peter Kevan
Is a member of the IUBS Executive Committee of IUBS, scientific advisor of the Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT), associated to the University of Guelph. He was the Scientific Director of the Canadian Pollination Initiative. Research experience: Community and applied ecology, pollination biology, native vegetation and insect fauna, conservation of beneficial insects, apiculture, plant breeding systems, foraging and perception by arthropods, insect thermoregulation, arctic ecology. IPBES lead author.
Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter
Professor, University of Würzburg. Research interests: Animal, population and community ecology, agroecology, tropical and landscape ecology; Consequences of habitat fragmentation, land use intensification, climate change and invasive species on insect diversity and their biotic interactions, Relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across multiple spatiotemporal scales; Plant-pollinator interactions, crop and wild plant pollination services, honeybee ecology; Biological pest control, agri-environmental schemes, sustainable land use, biosafety research, landscape management; Conservation biology, management of protected areas.
Raman Sukumaran
Is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. His research interest are around wildlife ecology, tropical forest ecology and climate change, sssessing impacts of future climate change on forests and biodiversity and conservation options.
Miguel Martínez
Professor at the Institute for Ecosystem and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (iiES-UNAM). He studies the ecology of tropical forests and their sustainable management, through natural regeneration, restoration, and management of selected resources
Trond Norheim
Senior Advisor Forest Management and Climate Change (Bolivia) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. PhD Forest Ecology (Norway 1994). 30+ years international experience on all continents. Senior Sector Specialist Inter-American Development Bank 1999-2012. Regional Director for Latin America Swedforest International 1989-98. Research: Erosion in forest areas (India 1980-81 and Bolivia 1989-94).
Ralf Seppelt
Prof. for Landscape Ecology at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Head of Department at the Environmental Research Centre. Member of iDiv, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. Research Interest: Land use and resource management in socio-environmental system; landscape design to sustainably provide natural resources, ecosystem services while preserving and maintaining biodiversity on various scales (regional to global). IPBES lead author
Ivette Perfecto
Is a Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. She has 30 years working on issues of agriculture and the environment and 25 years of teaching at the U. of Michigan. Her research focuses on agroecology, biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. She has more than 130 peer-review publications, 16 book chapters and 3 books. She was one of the lead coordinating authors of the UN International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). She has received several awards including the ESA Diversity Award, SNRE Outstanding Teaching Award at her university and is an elected fellow of the AAAS and the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
Brij Mohan Singh
Is the chief Policy Advisor at ICIMOD. A laureated professional forester from Indian Forest Service, has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of participatory forestry, regeneration of degraded lands, watershed management, and landscape approach to bio- diversity conservation, rural development, and environmental education. Has extensive experience in international processes, especially UNCCD.
Andreas Drews
Biologist by training holds a PhD in natural sciences. He served as a consultant on biological pest control and natural resource management mainly to several programmes of the German International Cooperation (GIZ). He is the founder and manager of the Dutch-German ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa. He guided the transformation of this Initiative into the ABS Capacity Development Initiative. With the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, he is focusing now on supporting ABS implementation at the national level
Christopher Lyal
Taxonomist, focussing on the hyperdiverse beetle group ‘weevils’. Research experience: higher classification and nomenclature, and the evolution and host specificity of seed-feeding groups. Much of his non-taxonomic work is directed at global biodiversity policy, in particular the Nagoya Protocol on Access and benefit-sharing, the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI), and Invasive Alien Species.
China Williams
Is a senior scientist officer (science policy) at the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. Her main role is to ensure complience of Kew staff with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources, as well as the national laws of partner countries. She holds a master law degree and is a citizen of the UK.
Kathrin Garforth
Is a Legal and Policy Officer with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where she works primarily on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Lily Rodríguez
Doctor in ecology, peruvian, is a senior expert on biodiversity conservation with an extensive experience in design of policies, projects, management and monitoring of protected areas and natural resources, sustainable development and research in herpetology. Currently working for the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the U. of Bonn, on aspects of non-commercial research and ABS, she is promoting science-policy dialogues for the implementation of international environmental agreements in a coordinated way. Other topics are amphibian diversity, management of protected areas systems and land-use planning.
Kate Davis
Is the ABS Advisor to Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and a consultant, working on ABS projects in all regions. A citzizen of Canada, trained as biologist at Duke U. and Oxford, her work primarily focuses on helping scientists, horticulturists and policymakers to understand how ABS relates to biodiversity research and ex situ collections. Kate has also participated in the ABS negotiations towards the Nagoya Protocol, developed training tools for ABS; her recent projects include co-developing EU-Brazil relations for ex situ collections in NP implementation, as well as contributing to projects in the EU, Ethiopia, Mexico, among others.
Karthikeyan Vasudevan
Scientist at the Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Involved in field research of reptiles and amphibians in India for more than fifteen years. Research interests: are identifying drivers of herpetofaunal endemism, ecology of endangered herp species, development of field techniques for the study of rare and endangered species. Is presently the Co-Chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group for South Asia region excluding Sri Lanka.
Brigitte Baptiste
Colombian biologist. Expert in environmental issues and biodiversity in Colombia.Director of Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alxander von Humboldt. Research interests: environmental management, conservation of rural landscapes and ecology of complex systems.
Aldrin Mallari
Director of Conservation Capacity at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), UK, and the country director of FFI Philippines. Aldrin completed his PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, which focused on maximising the value of ecological and socio-economic data in support of conservation planning of Philippine birds. He is the author of two award-winning conservation books from the Philippines, the Threatened Birds of the Philippines and Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines.
Luis García Barrios
Principal researcher and professor at the department of agriculture, society and environment, at the Colegio de la Frontera Sur, ECOSUR, in Mexico.
Daniel Bausch
Professor of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center and Technical Lead for the WHO Epidemic Clinical Management Unit. Dr. Bausch is trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and public health. He specializes in the research and control of emerging tropical viruses, with over 20 years’ experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia combating viruses such as Ebola, Lassa, hantavirus, and SARS coronavirus. He places a strong emphasis on capacity building in all his projects and also has a keen interest in the role of the scientist in promoting health and human rights.
Alisson Barbieri
Professor of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center and Technical Lead for the WHO Epidemic Clinical Management Unit. Dr. Bausch is trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and public health. He specializes in the research and control of emerging tropical viruses, with over 20 years’ experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia combating viruses such as Ebola, Lassa, hantavirus, and SARS coronavirus. He places a strong emphasis on capacity building in all his projects and also has a keen interest in the role of the scientist in promoting health and human rights.
Kahlil Hassanali
Research Officer in Marine Policy and Governance at the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago. Research interests: ecology and management of coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds; marine protected area (MPA) management; integrated coastal zone management (ICZM); and institutionalization of community based natural resource management. He holds an MSc. in Environment and Development, U. of Reading and a BSc. in Environmental Sciences, U. East Anglia. He has also completed the UN-Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship program in 2013 which provided opportunity for advanced education and research in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea
Rhamana Athreya
Ramana is on the faculty of physics and biology at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune. An astronomer by training he also has wide-ranging interests in biodiversity research and conservation. He runs a successful conservation programme in Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India, a globally important biodiversity hotspot. The conservation programme emphasises the synergy between research, local community benefits and an inclusive approach which seeks to co-opt existing institutions for long-term sustainability.
Michael Schmidt
Is the Unit Head of inter-institutional projects under the Dpt. for Information and analysis at CONABIO. Michael has been with CONABIO and DLR (German Aerospace Center) since 1998 and has since 2009 been developing with his team the Land Cover and Land Cover Change monitoring in Mexico, as part of the national REDD-MRV system, MAD-MEX. He coordnates the national REDD+ MRV component AD (Activity Data). As part of the national SIS (System for Information on Safeguards) Michael and his team have developed the national biodiversity Monitoring System (SNMB), with CONANP and CONAFOR.
Xavier Basurto
Is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. A mexican citizen was trained as a marine biologist, working now on fundamental questions of how groups (human and non-human) can find ways to self-organize, cooperate, and engage in successful collective action for the benefit of the common good.
Arturo Sanchez Azolfeia
Full Professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta,director of the Alberta Center for Earth Observation Sciences (CEOS), Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Science. He is the director and funding member of TROPI-DRY, a Research Network in the Americas formed to study the ecological, biophysical and human dimensions of tropical dry forests in the neotropics.
Francisco Dallmeier
One of the world’s leading wildlife biologists and an expert on biological diversity. Research experience: biodiversity among species and natural resources with conservation and management programs that promote sustainable development. The goal of this program is to advance knowledge and understanding of Latino contributions to the history, culture, and society of the United States. It has supported both educational and public programs, and works to integrate Latino participation and perspectives into various Smithsonian undertakings.
Alejandro Ortega – Argueta
Is lecturer in sustainable management of watersheds and coastal areas, at Coloegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR, Unidad Villahermosa). With more than 20 years of experience working on wildlife management, community-based conservation, biodiversity policy analysis, threatened species recovery, sustainability and rural development, and participatory planning processes. IPBES contributor
Cristiana Simão Seixas
Is a Researcher at the Center for Studies and Environmental Research – NEPAM/UNICAMP and Adjunt Professor at the Natural Resources at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She has experience in Ecology, with emphasis in environmental and natural resources, acting on the following themes: management of common resource use, shared management, human ecology, local ecological knowledge, resilience of social-ecological systems, and fishing. IPBES contributor.
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Balakrishna Pisupati
Is currently the Head of Biodiversity, Land and Governance Programme with DIvision of Environmental Law and Conventions at the UU Environment programme (UNEP), based in Nairobi. He has more than 16 years of experience in working on issues of sustainable development, environmental management and policy development and has previously worked for IUCN, UNU-IAS and the government of India. Has made numerous pulbication including topics such as ABS. He holds a Phd in genetics and is an indian citizen.
Valeria Souza-Saldivar
Senior researcher of Evolutionary Ecology of Microorganisms at the Institute of Ecology at the UNAM (National autonomous University of Mexico. Aldo Leopold Fellow that has won the nation award on conservation and the VW blue planet award for her work on the conservation of the natural recourses of her country, in particular for her work in Cuatro Cienegas, an oasis in the Chihuahuan desert.
Jorge Soberon
Mexican citizen. University Distinguished Professor of the University of Kansas. Works on describing and understanding biodiversity patterns at geographic scales using large biodiversity primary data and modeling tools. He is also interested and has published in biodiversity policy and governance. For 13 years he was the Executive Secretary of the Mexican Commission on Biodiversity and as such attended the first seven CBD COPs. He was also a member of the STAP of the GEF and is an IPBES contributor. He is in the top 1% most cited researches in Ecology in the world.
Dennis Roedder
Macroecologist and Curator of herpetology at the Koenig Museum (ZFAK) in Bonn. Research experience: structure and evolution of environmental niches, prediction of potential distributions, invasive species, landscape ecology and genetics, conservation biogeography, development of spatial explicit biodiversity scenarios, focusing on climate change and land-use change effects. Next to traditional methods, he combines genetics and natural history information with macroecological approaches (species distribution and environmental niche modelling) on amphibian and reptiles, including spatial epidemiology of the amphibian chytrid fungus.
Sonia PenaMoreno
Is the senior Policy Officer for Biodiversity, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Marc Hockings
Emeritus Professor in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the Uni. of Queensland. A long-term member of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN, he leads the Science and Management programme of Protected Areas. An expert on management effectiveness in protected areas, he led development of the monitoring and evaluation system for natural World Heritage sites, for UNESCO and is the WCPA lead in the development of an IUCN Green List of Protected Areas. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the UNEP WCMC. In 2008 he received the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability.
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Tanya Abrahamse
She was Chief Director in President Mandela’s Office where she played a key role in the Reconstruction & Development Programme, Deputy Director-General in the Environment & Tourism Department, where she headed the Resource Use Branch which included Marine and Coastal Management, Biodiversity and Heritage Management, and Tourism, head of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (from 2000), and is currently the CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
Erie Tamale
Is the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the CBD Secretariat in Montreal, where he also is responsible for overseeing the Bio-Bridge Initiative on technical and scientific cooperation. With more than 27 years of experience on biodiversity, environment and sustainable development, he has been with the CBD Secretariat for the last 16 years coordinating capacity-building activities Prior to joining the CBD, he worked with WWF International and with the Ministry of Environment in his home country, Uganda.
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne
Coordinates the contributions of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre to the development of the CBD’s Bio-Bridge Initiative. Ciara is a scientist working on ecosystem services, resilience and futures thinking, and has worked extensively with governments and NGOs at all scales on implementing ecosystem service science in decision-making. https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/ciara-raudsepp-hearne/42/90b/8a3. Ciara works at the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.
Randall Garcia
Is Director of the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), from Costa Rica.
Choong-Ki Kim
Is a research fellow for the division of natural resources conservation in Korea Environment Institute (KEI), working on ecosystem services, nature-based tourism, climate change adaptation, and ocean renewable energy. Previuosly, he developed InVEST, for the Natural Capital Project at Stanford Univ. He applied the InVEST models to inform various decision contexts for sustainable development. He also worked in numerical modeling studies at different scales. His focus has been on hydrodynamics, marine water quality, thermal discharge effects, storm surge prediction, transport processes of marine organisms, coupled biological-physical processes, and land-sea interaction.