Chair's Office Staff

The main priority of the Chair and the SSC office is to provide support and leadership to the extensive global network to help stimulate conservation action on the ground. Any requests for additional groups to become established, together with the appointment of the Chairs of the Specialist Groups, must be endorsed by the SSC Chair in consultation with the SSC Steering Committee.

Other responsibilities of the SSC Chair’s office include working with governments to address particular urgent species conservation issues, providing input to regional and national consultations and policy initiatives, consolidating and strengthening the SSC’s partnerships with other organizations, building collaboration with other Programmes and Commissions of IUCN, and fundraising for all SSC species related work. The SSC Chair’s Office works closely with the Global Species Programme in the IUCN Secretariat to support the SSC network, and to push forward the species conservation agenda within IUCN.

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Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission

Jon Paul Rodríguez - Chair

Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations. He is a founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President (2001-2008, 2013-pr.) of Provita ...

Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations. He is a founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President (2001-2008, 2013-pr.) of Provita.

Rima Jabado

Rima Jabado - Deputy Chair

Rima Jabado leads the Elasmo Project, a non-profit initiative she founded in 2010 to encourage work in data-poor areas focused on investigating shark & ray fisheries & trade.

Kira Mileham

Kira Mileham - Director of Strategic Partnerships

Kira is a science communicator focused on species conservation through collaborative partnerships. As the IUCN SSC's Director of Strategic Partnerships, she is responsible for strategically connecting ...

Kira is a science communicator focused on species conservation through collaborative partnerships. As the IUCN SSC's Director of Strategic Partnerships, she is responsible for strategically connecting the SSC to external partners to foster stronger collaboration for improved species conservation.

Nahomy

Nahomy De Andrade - Executive Director SSC Office Caracas

Nahomy is an economist from Universidad Central de Venezuela with a Master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and additional courses in leadership ...

Nahomy is an economist from Universidad Central de Venezuela with a Master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and additional courses in leadership and coaching.

Egard Yerena, SSC Network Coordinator

Edgard Yerena - Network Coordinator

He is a biologist from Universidad Simon Bolívar, with a Master's in Ecology from the same university, & also is a law graduate from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has been a long-time member of ...

He is a biologist from Universidad Simon Bolívar, with a Master's in Ecology from the same university, & also is a law graduate from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has been a long-time member of the IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group, focused on biodiversity conservation policy & planning.

Jafet Nassar

Jafet Nassar - Species Report Coordinator

Jafet M. Nassar is Professor Associate Researcher at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations. At present, he is the General Coordinator (2016- 2019) of the ...

Jafet M. Nassar is Professor Associate Researcher at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations. At present, he is the General Coordinator (2016- 2019) of the Latin American and Caribbean Bat Conservation Network.

Levi Mendoza - Monitoring and evaluation Coordinator

Levi Mendoza - Monitoring and evaluation Coordinator

Levi Mendoza holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, a master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de ...

Levi Mendoza holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, a master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and additional courses in data visualization tools.

Mayerlin Ramos

Mayerlin Ramos - Partnerships and Grants Officer

Mayerlin is a lawyer who graduated from Universidad Metropolitana with a Master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración and additional courses in ...

Mayerlin is a lawyer who graduated from Universidad Metropolitana with a Master’s degree in public management from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración and additional courses in leadership and social projects development.

Milangela

Milangela Dell’Aquila - Administrative Officer

Bachelor’s Degree in Statistical Sciences from Universidad Central de Venezuela, with Master’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Católica Andres Bello, and additional courses in ...

Bachelor’s Degree in Statistical Sciences from Universidad Central de Venezuela, with Master’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Católica Andres Bello, and additional courses in Economics and Business Marketing.

Aritzaith Rodriguez, Communication Officer

Aritzaith Rodríguez - Communication Officer

Aritzaith is a journalist with postgraduate studies in Corporate Communications from Universidad Monteavila, both in Venezuela. Her experience encompasses internal & external communications, social ...

Aritzaith is a journalist with postgraduate studies in Corporate Communications from Universidad Monteavila, both in Venezuela. Her experience encompasses internal & external communications, social media management, content creation & communication strategy for different audiences.

Simeon

Simeon Bezeng - Regional Red List Programme Officer

Simeon is the Regional Programme Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Birdlife South Africa. He started his career in Cameroon where he was awarded a BSc in Botany ...

Simeon is the Regional Programme Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Birdlife South Africa. He started his career in Cameroon where he was awarded a BSc in Botany and Environmental Sciences in 2008.

 

Anwar

Anwar Purwoto - Sumatran Rhino Coordinator

Anwar is a Forestry Engineer in Forest Management from Bogor Agriculture University, with a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Griffith University. The Sumatran Rhino Coordinator is ...

Anwar is a Forestry Engineer in Forest Management from Bogor Agriculture University, with a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Griffith University. The Sumatran Rhino Coordinator is SSC's representative in Indonesia regarding the Sumatran Rhino Recovery Project.

Jeff

Jeff Holland - Sumatran Rhino Senior Advisor for Training, Husbandry and Capture

Jeff is a Zoologist working as a Zoo & Wildlife Consultant, with an undergraduate degree in zoology from the California State University of Pomona. He has over 30 years of extensive experience working ...

Jeff is a Zoologist working as a Zoo & Wildlife Consultant, with an undergraduate degree in zoology from the California State University of Pomona. He has over 30 years of extensive experience working with the captive management of wildlife both in zoological facilities & in the field.