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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias

In January 2012, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, was appointed Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Mr. Dias brought extensive experience in policymaking and in coordinating the implementation of biodiversity policies, programmes and projects at the national and international level.

Also, as the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Dias was directly responsible for overseeing several multi-institution programmes and the work of four institutions attached to the Ministry.  He has been deeply involved with the negotiations and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity since its origin and participated, as a member of the Brazilian delegation, in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Mr. Dias was previously a Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, Vice-President of the International Union of Biological Sciences and Coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network.

Mr. Dias holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from the University of Brasilia and is trained as a scientist, with a Doctor of Philosophy in zoology from the University of Edinburgh.

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