Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
Convention on Biological Diversity, Former Executive Secretary
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia’s Department of Ecology (initially at Forestry Department since 1981), where he has supervised MSc and PhD students, and served as a senior advisor on biodiversity policies for the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment.
He has previously held various positions in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since 1991, including Research Director of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), Director for Biodiversity Conservation since 1999 and National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests from 2010 to early 2012 at the Ministry of the Environment.
Braulio was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from February 2012 to February 2017 where he played a key role to promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Earlier, besides his role at the University of Brasilia and at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, he was Research Leader and Division Chief of the Ecological Research Station of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), where he worked since 1978 and until 2011. Outside of the government he has been a member and president of the NGO Pro-Nature Foundation (FUNATURA) and has coordinated the establishment of the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO), where he later represented the Ministry of the Environment in its Governing Council.
A graduate of the University of Brasilia as a bachelor in biological sciences (1975) with a PhD in zoology from Edinburgh University (1981), Braulio has published extensively and has been an active member of several national committees and councils dealing with biodiversity,
Braulio has been a national leader and global champion on protected areas, threatened species conservation, ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring and information, forest conservation, fire ecology in savannas, pollination research and management, biodiversity for food and nutrition, biodiversity and health interlinkages, biodiversity and climate change interlinkages, biodiversity mainstreaming across economic sectors and engagement of the business sector in the biodiversity agenda.