Dr. Regis da Silva has over 25 years experience in United Nations and international organizations, including at the Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). Recently, he has led a Consulting Services company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, providing expert advice and experience on issues related to sustainable development and sustainable use, global biodiversity conventions, and trade-related multi-lateral environmental agreements. He has been instrumental in developing plans to move various organizations forward to meet challenging goals relevant to global environmental change. Biodiversity and ecosystem services have been the principal focus of his previous work, topics that are currently of great importance to the IAI member countries.
The new Director of the IAI has Brazilian-Canadian citizenship. His background is in systems and he holds a Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he held the title of Adjunct Professor for many years. He has extensive professional experience in the Americas, including in the Canadian Arctic, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. His view on the need for open science and data sharing will move the IAI towards becoming a leader in the region for these efforts.
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