Division of Environmental Law and Conventions 

Law Division




Rui Zhang
Languages: Chinese and English. 

Rui Zhang is a specialist in sustainable development and environmental policy development and implementation. She has extensive experience with the United Nations since 2005, working with the UNDESA in New York, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal and UNEP in Nairobi. Her work has covered sustainable development issues, sustainable forest management, biodiversity, energy and climate change, sustainable consumption production, small island developing States, scientific and technical cooperation, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, environmental education and training.

Rui is currently coordinating UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) -- a network of 560 universities around the world to mainstream and deliver education, research and training on environmental priorities. She is also a research associate with the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and the Quebec Center of Biodiversity Science, specializing in education and training on biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainable development.

Prior to joining the UN, Rui worked for sustainable cities in China. She has regional experiences in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Rui holds a Bachelor of Engineering from China, and a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management from Technical University of Munich in Germany.


Dr. Ruel v. Maningas


Dr. Maningas is a strategist, professional lecturer,  capability building specialist, training specialist, information systems management specialist and program development and management consultant.   He earned his Bachelor of Arts major in economics degree from  Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines in 1987.  He obtained  his Master in Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Extension Education and Computer Science (as a government scholar) degrees from University of the Philippines Los Banos in 1995 and 2003, respectively. At present,  he is the  Assistant Vice President for Academics and Dean of Graduate School and Professional Services of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, Philippines. He also assumed the positions of Assistant Executive Director and Joint Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment  (APEAEN) Inc. from 2007-2012. He has almost 25 years of professional experience in the fields of information systems, strategic management, knowledge management, research management, instructional materials development, agriculture and environment extension and communication management, information economics,management economics, and business analytics. 

As BCH Regional Advisor for Asia from 2006 to present,  Dr. Maningas has provided technical assistance and capacity building services to countries such as  Philippines, South Korea, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic,  India, Bhutan,   Tonga,  Jordan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Iran,   Nepal,  Egypt, and  Malaysia. He also helped UNEP in the evaluation of project performance of Maldives and Mongolia  through remote/on-line mode.  In 2009,  the United Nations Office for Projects (UNOPS) has evaluated his performance (as a UN consultant) and was commended for his dedication and outstanding performance. He participated in two COP-MOP meeting side events in Germany and South Korea in 2008 and 2014, respectively, as resource person/facilitator.   Similarly,  the UNEP commissioned him to work on some non-country missions.  Together with his team in the Philippines,  Dr. Maningas prepared two technical manuals on content management system (CMS) using HERMES, and asynchronous JAVA and XML (AJAX) plug-in systems. These two systems are technical tools which enable countries’ participation to Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) to fullfill their obligations to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. In 2011-2012, he also helped in the revisions of some training manuals that are used during national BCH training-workshop.

Dr. Maningas has prepared and presented  technical papers  in international conferences held in the USA, Philippines, Japan, Thailand,  Canada, and Malaysia.  He was also invited by the publisher of Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology  to be one of its  technical reviewers.  

Dr. Ruel V. Maningas
Language: English

Dr. Ruel V. Maningas  is currently the Dean of Graduate School and Professional Services of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba in the Philippines.   Concurrently, he holds the position of Joint Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment  (APEAEN) Inc.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree in 1987 from Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba and Master of Management major in Development Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Extension Education with cognate in Computer Science degrees in 1995 and 2003,  respectively, from University of the Philippines at Los Baños.
Dr. Maningas is a  professional lecturer and capability building specialist in the fields of knowledge management, R & D management, instructional materials development, strategic management,   strategic information and communication technology management,  information systems planning and development, information technology and business organization,  information economics and management economics.  He is currently affiliated as part-time Professor  at   De La Salle University-Manila  and University of Asia and the Pacific Pasig City, and an on-call consultant (as BCH Regional Advisor for Asia) of the United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP).  He has more than 20 years  experience in government and private sectors, drafting and preparing  project proposals, information systems and management plan (strategic and operational plan,  human resource development plan, capacity building plan, etc)  for various R & D institutions and state colleges and universities in the Philippines. 

Dr. Maningas has been invited to serve as resource person/trainor,  discussant and participant to meetings,  trainings,  seminars and conferences related to ICT, information management, knowledge management,  gender and development, strategic management,  program development and other fields of interest   both in the Philippines and abroad.  He had prepared and/or presented technical papers related to R & D management, project development and management, ICT management,  best practices for ICT use in agriculture, rural development and extension and capacity building for agriculture,  environment and natural resources R & D and technology management during meeting/conferences in the Philippines and in the international arena such as Asian Federation of IT in Agriculture Conference  (Japan and South Korea)  Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institution (Thailand),   Global Forum on Agricultural Research  (Dresden,  Germany),  Asia-Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment (Philippines and Japan) and World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (Canada)
He has provided technical assistance on ICT and training and capacity building activities to countries such as Japan, South Korea,  Australia.  Lao Peoples Democratic Republic,  Bhutan,   Tonga,  Jordan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mongolia, Thailand, China, Iran,  Egypt,  and Germany.
Edmund Revilla
Languages: Tagalog and English
Mobile: +63 923 7118715

Edmund Revilla is an international IT consultant and a Regional Advisor for the BCH. His areas of expertise include: ICT support outsourcing, system analysis/design, system solutions, programming, teaching and training for stand-alone or interoperable web-based databases, LAN-based and WAN-based systems and personal desktop applications. His experience spans eighteen (18) years with most of the last five years focused on international work in: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United States and Vietnam. He leads software development projects, website development and web programming projects, create/analyze/design projects, establish and maintain LANs, WANs and internet connectivity, create documentations and transfer knowledge through training and coaching.

He finished several Ph.D. courses in Computer Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).  He is currently a self-employed software development contractor for several private and government organizations; and a business owner of an ICT support company.  He was a former assistant professor and trainor for UPLB, De La Salle University Manila and Asia Pacific College; a former database administrator and trainer for an EU-funded project called ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC); a former IT team leader for private IT companies in the Philippines; and a former administrator and finance manager for Victory Christian Fellowship Los Baños.

Mohammad Ilyas
Language: English, Indonesia

Mohammad Ilyas is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert by training. He has Bachelor degree (Hons.) in computer science from the School of Informatics and Computer Science in Jakarta, Indonesia; Master degree (Hons.) in MIS and PhD candidate from Newport University, California, USA.
Ilyas has 25+ years of experience providing consulting and information services to government agencies, large domestic and multinational corporations, and various development projects funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA), Australia Agency for International Development (AusAID), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and international donors - the World Bank (IBRD and IDA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has worked in Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and USA.
During BCH Phase I, Ilyas was IT Regional Advisor for Asia and involved in national, regional and global workshop and training activities. He was also involved in several BCH capacity building activities in Indonesia, Iran, and Thailand.
Ilyas is member of the IEEE Computer Society since 1991. In 1997 he was awarded a membership of and, therefore, was entered into the book of US-based "International Who's Who Professionals".