Ms. Cyriaque Sendashonga (known as “Cyrie”), of Rwandan-Canadian nationality, is currently Global Director for Policy and Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A biologist by training (PhD in Zoology), her career has focused on the science-policy interface in natural resources conservation and sustainable use. She worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 1991-1998) on biodiversity and biotechnology issues and for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity as Head the Biosafety Programme (1999-2005). She also worked at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as Regional Coordinator for the Central Africa Regional Office based in Yaounde, Cameroon (2006-2010) before joining IUCN (September 2010 to-date). She has also served on a number of prestigious international scientific panels, advisory boards and initiatives.