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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
Senior Manager, EU Policy
Arnaud Goessens leads on EU policy in relation to intergovernmental policy processes, including CITES and CMS, and liaises with the European Commission regarding the implementation of the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking (environmental crime issues, free trade agreements and ivory markets). In his previous position with WCS Mozambique, he worked as program manager 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, endangered macaws, and sloths in Costa Rica. He served in intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the European Commission, where he wrote case studies on best practices drawn from GEF-SGP projects and assessed environmental projects to be funded by the EU respectively. He holds a Master of Science in Bioengineering from the Free University of Brussels and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Policy from Columbia University in New York City.
Caroline Abid
Project Manager
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.
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