Cyriaque Sendashonga
Global Director, IUCN Policy and Programme Group

Cyriaque (Cyrie) Sendashonga, a Rwandan-Canadian binational, is currently Global Director of IUCN's Policy and Programme Group. She is a biologist by training, holder of a Master of Sciences and PhD degrees in Zoology from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). Her career has focused on natural resources conservation and management, encompassing both research and on-the-ground implementation perspectives in the sustainable development framework. She has previously worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 1991-1998) in Nairobi where she was responsible for biodiversity and biotechnology issues in the framework of the programme to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In September 1998, she moved to Montreal, Canada, to head the Biosafety Programme at the Secretariat of the CBD. In that capacity, she coordinated the final round of the negotiations of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its subsequent implementation. In 2006, she joined CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) as Regional Coordinator for the Central Africa Regional Office based in Yaounde, Cameroon. She joined IUCN in September 2010. She is the author and co-author of many publications on environmental issues and she is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She has also served on a number of prestigious international scientific panels, committees and initiatives.

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