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Janice Weatherley Singh
Director of EU Strategic Relations
Janice Weatherley-Singh Ph.D, has been the Director for EU Strategic Relations since 2014. She oversees all of WCS’s engagement with the EU institutions relating to policy engagement and fundraising in support of WCS’s global conservation goals. Originally from the UK, Belgium has become her adopted nationality and home, having lived there since 2003. She began her career working on an agri-environmental research project in Mexico before working on project development for a local Wildlife Trust in the UK. She then moved to Brussels to work for IUCN on EU biodiversity policies, followed by a position with A Rocha International to support work on conservation policies and the development of global conservation programmes, and has also undertaken short consultancy contracts for organisations such as WWF. In 2019, she obtained a PhD in tropical forest governance and REDD+ as an external student with Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She also has a BSc in Geography from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of London.
Arnaud Goessens
Associate Director, EU Policy
Arnaud works on the science-policy interface related to wildlife trade, One Health, and pandemic prevention, and leads on engagement with the Belgian government on conservation issues. In his previous position with WCS Mozambique based in Maputo, he worked as program manager on strengthening management systems and coordinated counter wildlife trafficking work. In 2011, he conducted research on the management of mangrove forests in Malaysia and has several field experiences working with sea turtles in Malaysia and numerous wild animals such as howler monkeys and endangered macaws in Costa Rica. He served in intergovernmental organizations including UNDP and the European Commission. He holds a Master of Science in Bioengineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Policy from Columbia University in New York City. Twitter: @ArnaudGoessens
Caroline Abid
SWM Chief of Party
Caroline Abid coordinates for WCS the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme, a seven-year African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) initiative funded by the European Union to reduce unsustainable use of wildlife and enhance food security in several ACP countries. She manages the interactions between the WCS sites participating in this project and between WCS and its partners (CIFOR, CIRAD, FAO). She is involved in technical, financial, compliance and communication processes and is in charge of support to all sites for the production of domestic proteins. By training, she is an environmental engineer (Ecole Centrale Paris, France). She has managed projects and teams on different environmental topics: site remediation, air and water quality, waste management, energy, flood prevention, sustainable building and environmental regulation. In her previous position, she was Director of a regional agency in an environmental consulting firm in France. She has also worked, as a volunteer, with the World Ocean Council (WOC), a global, cross-sectoral ocean industry leadership alliance committed to Corporate Ocean Responsibility.
Michela Tagliaferri
Advisor EU forests and biodiversity policy
Michela Tagliaferri serves as Advisor on EU forest policies and on strategic engagement with the EU on international partnerships and development policies. Michela previously worked for the European Commission in Brussels and China managing policy processes and programs on tackling deforestation, water management as well as clean energy. She is proud of having set-up the Europe China Water Platform, a dialogue and cooperation mechanism between the EU, Member States and China, as well as of having contributed to step up the EU engagement on tackling global deforestation and forest degradation. She also worked in various capacities for the United Nations, the Italian bilateral cooperation as well as other NGOs in Nepal, Tunisia and Albania managing and designing programs on climate change adaptation and food security. She holds a Master of Science in Forestry and specialized in community forestry during her thesis in Ecuador.
Elisabeth Carton de Wiart
Finance and Admin Officer
Elisabeth Carton de Wiart manages the finance and administration of WCS EU in Brussels. After having completed an MA in Business Administration (majors in accounting and internal control) at the ICHEC Brussels Management School, Elisabeth trained as an external auditor at Price Waterhouse both in Belgium and in the UK. She then worked in various international companies based in the UK, in France and in Belgium as a financial controller/ finance manager. Her focus has always been to provide reliable financial data in the most efficient way, whilst ensuring adequate internal controls are in place.
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