Damon has been working at UNEP-WCMC since October 2008, joining the Ecosystem Assessment Programme to lead on indicator development and communication. A major component of his post to date has been the overall coordination of the BIP, with a specific role to lead the secretariat on strategy, liaison with external agencies and managing finance. Damon has overseen the development of four of the global indicators within the centre. He has a PhD in Antarctic marine ecology and prior to joining UNEP-WCMC spent 16 years undertaking biodiversity assessments/monitoring in polar, temperate and tropical habitats. When away from work Damon is mostly keeping his two young children amused, and sailing the Essex Blackwater on their Drascombe sailboat.
Philip leads the BIP Secretariat’s work on linking global and national biodiversity indicator work, especially capacity building materials and workshops for national indicator developers. He also works at UNEP-WCMC on capacity building in ecosystem assessments, including understanding ecosystem functioning, and the stakeholder engagement in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. He has a degree in Ecology and MSc in Natural Resource Management, worked in Chiapas, Mexico for seven years, and is a keen birder.
Anna has worked as part of the BIP Secretariat for almost five years. Her current responsibilities include the coordination of the BIP’s global indicator development in support of the CBD and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Anna has experience in both the communication and technical development of global biodiversity indicators. She has also supported the BIP’s work on capacity building by co-facilitating regional workshops and contributing to the delivery of materials, which will form part of the BIP’s new toolkit for national indicator development and use. When not at her desk you will find Anna running along a canal way training for her next marathon.
Sarah works as part of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Secretariat on the organisation and delivery of the capacity building workshops, the training of trainers programme and the e-learning and capacity toolkit. Sarah received an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, having previously completed a BA in modern languages, and has work experience ranging from meerkat fieldwork in the Kalahari to project management in Egypt. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, attempting to get to grips with photography and occasional (fair-weather) rowing.
Cristina’s main interest lies in the field of biodiversity governance and the science-policy interface, and in how policy-making processes can translate scientific results into action. She is the Communications Manager of the BIP, acting as focal point between the BIP Secretariat, Partners, end users, the CBD Secretariat and other relevant stakeholders. She also works at UNEP-WCMC on a range of projects related to ecosystem assessment and support to various Conventions and MEAs. She obtained a first degree in Biology after studying in Spain and Finland, and holds a MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College. Previous to join WCMC in 2012, Cristina worked for the UNEP/CMS Secretariat, and for the European Commission. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, swimming, and getting lost in all corners of the world.
Heather currently works on the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Secretariat on communications and the production of the new edition of the Aichi Passport, as part of an internship with UNEP-WCMC. Heather recently graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Plant Sciences, specialising in ecology and conservation. She has previously worked with the FunDivEurope project on the effect of biodiversity on carbon storage of European forests, which involved fieldwork in Bialowieza forest, Poland. Outside of work she enjoys playing in brass bands, allotmenting and charity shopping.