Washington D.C. Office

D.C. Team members

Carole St-LaurentCarole Saint-Laurent
Deputy Director Forest Conservation Programme

Carole Saint-Laurent is Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Forest Conservation Programme.  She has also been the Coordinator of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) since its launch in 2003. Carole has more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy and programme development working at the international and national levels for IUCN, WWF, Pollution Probe and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. Carole has also acted as an adviser to the UN Department of Environmental and Social Affairs and to the private sector on a range of issues related to sustainable development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law, with a specialization in International Environmental Law.

To contact Carole, please email her.


Mirjam KuzeeMirjam Kuzee
Forest Landscape Restoration Assessment Coordinator

Mirjam Kuzee completed her studies on Forest Ecology and Forest Management at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has worked as a researcher, programme manager and policy specialist in the area of forestry and environment. She gained her experience working for Wageningen University and Research Center, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and at the Regional Government of Zeeland. She has worked globally and been based in West Africa (Ivory Coast and Senegal), Europe (Rome and Netherlands) and the Caribbean region (Jamaica).

She has more than 10 years’ experience working specifically on forest landscape restoration and the ecology and management of secondary and degraded forests. In more recent years she has worked to combine landscape level restoration with climate change adaptation, mitigating loss of biodiversity and incorporation economic and social needs. She has worked closely with industry and the agriculture and recreational sectors to seek win-win solutions whenever possible. She is a fierce proponent of science-based policies and learning through doing, by implementing and validating ideas at the national and local level with stakeholders and partners.


Chetan KumarChetan Kumar
Manager, Landscape Restoration Science and Knowledge

Chetan brings in a strong track record of conducting and managing interdisciplinary research programs on environment and development issues. His work has mainly focussed on better understanding and practical application of research on broad range of issues such as forest-poverty link, conservation-development tradeoffs, role of ecosystem services in poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation.   

He has previously held positions at DFID as Research Specialist, University of Cambridge as Research Associate, Programme Officer at UNEP-WCMC, Project Coordinator at CIFOR and Research Associate at TERI. Chetan has managed knowledge support and capacity building programs at national, regional level and participated in global comparative studies collaborating with think tanks, academia, government agencies and donor organizations. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, working papers, policy briefs and short communication pieces.

Chetan has a BSc degree in Chemistry, Master’s in Forestry Management (India), MPhil and PhD in Geography from University of Cambridge (UK). As well as doing and managing formal research, Chetan has a strong interest in approaches for putting research findings and recommendations in the forestry sector to direct use.


Salome BegeladzeSalome Begeladze
Senior Programme Officer

Born in Republic of Georgia, Salome brings her experience in the field of environment and development, specifically focusing on cross cutting themes such as food security, gender, governance, and sustainable development.  

Salome received her Master’s Degree in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University and Bachelor’s of Science in Public Affairs from Baruch College. She was also a Global Research Fellow at the NYU Research Institute in London, focusing on Urban Planning: The role of the city in climate change mitigation; and the Modalities of Climate Change Amelioration in Central Asia. 

Salome is also co-founder and supporter of Honor Vitae - Supporting children’s’ causes is something she has always been passionate about. An environmental activist at heart, she continues to engage in tree planting activities.


Elmedina KrilasevicElmedina Krilasevic
Programme Officer, Forest Landscape Restoration

Elmedina is a Bosnian national with 10 years of experience dealing with a broad set of policy issues and practical challenges of biodiversity conservation, governance, climate change, desertification and land degradation, public participation and community engagement, environmental and social safeguards, and project monitoring and evaluation.  

Prior to joining IUCN, Elmedina has collaborated with various international development institutions such as the World Bank, IFC and EBRD, as a specialist and project manager, working on development projects and strategic initiatives in both public and private sectors in South-East Europe, Central Asia and Latin America, as well as with UN organizations.

She has a master's degree in Forest Policy and Economics from the European Forest Institute’s International Master Program executed by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Belgrade. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, finalizing her master studies at Yale, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2009.


 Profile picture of Adriana VidalAdriana Vidal
 Senior Forest Policy Officer

As part of her work on policy aspects across the FCP’s activities, Adriana carries out processes to help connecting the results of FLR assessments carried out through ROAM with an impact at the international level, including international conventions -the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Forum on Forests- as well as other international platforms. She liaises with global and regional policy processes pertaining the Bonn Challenge, acting as the focal point for the Bonn Challenge in Latin America and supporting other regions’ processes. Adriana also provides support to the work developed under the UNFCCC and other climate change- related processes. 

Adriana is a lawyer with a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from New York University. Her previous experience comes from her work as an environmental and natural resources lawyer in Peru, where she provided legal advice to non-profit organizations that develop REDD+ projects with farmers and indigenous communities within the Amazon rainforest. Adriana also provided legal advice to private sector clients developing extractive industries activities, focused on natural resources, land tenure and indigenous people’s legal issues. Before joining IUCN’s FCP in 2015, Adriana worked in REDD+ and indigenous people's issues at Environmental Defense Fund, and later at Climate Focus as a researcher in forest and land use related to climate change.


Profile picture of Josh SchneckJosh Schneck
Programme Manager, Multilateral Environmental Funds

Joshua provides development-related and technical support to IUCN’s Global Forest Conservation Programme. He manages The Restoration Initiative, a programme helping ten Asian and African countries to restore and maintain degraded and deforested landscapes at scale, supported in-part by a grant from the Global Environment Facility.

Prior to joining IUCN, Joshua worked for the Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank, the Robertson Foundation in New York, and as a Policy analyst for Duke University’s Nicholas Institute.

Joshua holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin college. In another lifetime he was a musician and a music teacher.


Swati HingoraniSwati Hingorani
Project Knowledge and Impact Officer

A Fulbright-Nehru fellow, Swati completed her post-graduate studies in environment at Columbia University. In her previous role at the Wildlife Conservation Trust in India, she designed and managed donor-funded projects on biodiversity protection and community development and worked with her colleagues to organise inter-governmental consultations on trans-boundary ecosystems. She was the Assistant Editor of Sanctuary Asia for five years, where she piloted an India-Pakistan peace initiative on the Siachen Glacier. In 2011, she was selected to participate in the International Antarctic Expedition with Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both poles. The experience inspired her to co-found a global initiative to involve young people in Antarctic perseveration. She represented India as a youth delegate at the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations and organised the first South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change to involve youth from the global south in climate policy.


Profile picture of Dawit AbebeDawit Abebe
Finance and Logistics Assistant

Dawit is originally from Ethiopia and has worked for over ten years in the field of Accounting & Finance. Prior to joining IUCN, he had extensive and successful work experience in a variety of Accounting systems and industries in Ethiopia, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Dawit received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. He has also received another Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing Management, both from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Dawit is married and has one son, his name is Kidus. On the weekends, Dawit enjoys spending time with his family and playing and watching soccer. 


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