Director Science and Policy

Francisco RILLA

Francisco Rilla brings to the Secretariat more than 25 years of experience in biodiversity and wetlands conservation, policy development, regional negotiations, management and implementation of projects, scientific research, wildlife and ecosystems restoration program. Francisco worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2005. In 2016 he joined UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, in the International Governance Unit (Law Division), dealing with the implementation of projects such as ACP- African, Caribbean and Pacific MEAs and the African Elephant Fund (AEF). In both initiatives he has supported the implementation of conservation activities in particular with stakeholders, governments and international organizations in Africa, Asia, Americas and the Pacific regions. Before joining UNEP Francisco held a role of Head of Capacity Building at the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) based in Bonn, Germany for eleven years. Prior to joining the UN, he was responsible of the Management and Science Unit of PROBIDES UNDP/GEF Project in Uruguay on the conservation of Ramsar Area in the Biosphere Reserve Bañados del Este. Francisco also coordinated the Wetlands Program for Latin America of IUCN in the regional Office for Latin America in Quito, Ecuador. Francisco holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University in Uruguay, he obtained advanced postgraduate degrees from the Saarland University in Biogeography in Germany, and in ecology on wildfowl and wetlands in Spain. He is author and co-author of more than 45 scientific publications, book chapters, and popular articles dealing with conservation biology, biogeography, and Ramsar conservation sites. Francisco brings a strong background in intergovernmental processes, including through his work in the CMS Secretariat, as well an interdisciplinary approach and holistic vision to research and policy analysis with a solid knowledge of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs focused on the conservation and wise use of the wetlands contributing to biodiversity conservation, poverty eradication and benefits for nature and society. Francisco is Uruguayan and Italian national.

Contact

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Secretary General
Martha ROJAS URREGO
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Deputy Secretary General
Jay ALDOUS
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Director Science and Policy
Francisco RILLA
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Senior Advisor for Africa
Paul OUÉDRAOGO
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Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Reiko IITSUKA
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Senior Advisor for the Americas
María RIVERA
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Senior Advisor for Europe
Tobias SALATHÉ
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Documentation Officer
Edmund JENNINGS
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Finance Officer
Sladjana STANKOVIC
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Executive Assistant to the Secretary
Delphine BRÉMOND
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External Relations Officer
Sharon OSEKU-FRAINIER
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Communications Officer
Magdalena LUCZAK
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Scientific and Technical Support Officer
Marcela BONELLS
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Regional Officer for Africa
Rasamoelina RAKOTOMAMONJY
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IT Officer
Manuel KERN
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HR Business Partner
Maud PITOISET
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Conference Assistant
Charlene KNOETZE
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Administrative Communications Assistant
Veronique CHARLES
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Administrative Assistant
Catherine LOETSCHER
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Assistant Advisor for Africa
Marie JEANNE SENGHOR
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Assistant Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Nick CRAMERI
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Assistant Advisor for Europe
Robert GODOY
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