Division of Environmental Law and Conventions 

Law Division





Elsa Sattout
United Kingdom

Elsa Sattout, an interdisciplinary professional with 18+ years of experience in biodiversity conservation, is a PhD holder from the University of Reading in the UK.  She pursued her undergraduate study in agricultural engineering and followed her post-graduate studies in Natural Products – Conservation and sustainable use of Biodiversity.  

A passionate conservationist, teacher and trainer, writer and scholar, and nature lover, she is familiar with the implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). She built up her expertise while serving international organizations (e.g. UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, World Bank, AFD, Plan Bleu, GIZ) and government agencies as international lead consultant, national and regional coordinator, regional advisor and trainer in the Northern Arabian Peninsula and Gulf countries. A fully engaged professional, she has affinity and blends very well with different cultures having successful achievements in Bahrain, Iran, Jordan Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria and other Mediterranean countries. In these countries, she worked on developing national frameworks, national Biosafety Clearing House (nBCH), national strategies and action plans, national capacity assessments to meet the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) and Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). She keeps herself up-to-date through the attendance of the CBD-COPs, MOPs and SBSTTAs, World Conservation Congresses as well as regional meetings and trainings on biodiversity conservation, biotechnology and biosafety, and biosecurity.

She has written a first in a series of books to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean region through the use of native plants in natural and man-made landscapes. She has published chapter in books and articles in peer-reviewed journals related to biodiversity conservation including governance, practices, technology transfer and cooperation, enterprises and communication. She is a member of the Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects as well as affiliated to national and international committees and commissions and networks working on biosafety, protected areas, and connectivity among others.

Languages: Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, Russian and English 

Ecological geneticist and evolutionary ecologist from the Institute for Biological Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Chair of Serbian Expert Biosafety Council. Served as a member of BCH IACSteering Committee of Coordination Meetings for Biosafety Capacity-Building Activities and Liaison Group on Capacity-building for Biosafety . Worked at a position of Officer for Agricultural Research and Biotechnology in FAO REU and as FAO International consultant for risk analysis.

Following COP MOP request conducted a Study of BCH Users and Potential Users for SCBD. Organizer and trainer in several courses, seminars and workshops on various topics for different and usually diverse target groups (advanced students, specialists, teachers, media, regional and national competent authorities including EU member states, phytosanitary and customs officers, general public). Worked as RA since the beginning of UNEP GEF BCH projects. Fluent in Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, Russian and English.

Vida Marolt  Parabucki
Languages: English, Serbian,Macedonian,Bulgarian,Italian and French

Vida Marolt  Parabucki is IT professional working on different positions in IT industry from development to organizing and delivery of IT education for past 25 years. Currently she works with multinational company on delivery of IT courses in South Eastern Europe and CIS countires. She organizes more than 20 events per week providing environment and instructors with adequate skills.

She participated in BCH I project as Regional IT BCH Advisor organizing and delivering national and global workshops for UNEP-GEF project for Capacity Building.

  • National Workshops conducted From 2005 till March 2009 in Latvia (2  workshops), Lithuania (2 workshop), Estonia (1 workshop), Slovenia (2 workshops), Czech+Slovak (1 workshop), Croatia (4 workshops),   Montenegro ( 1 workshop),   Belarus (1 workshop)

  • Global Workshops conducted: 
  • EU – Ljubljana September 2007

  • Train the trainer – Geneva October 2007

  • Regional workshop for CEE and Asia – Kairo March 2008

  • Regional workshop for CEE and Asia – COP-MOP Bonn May 2008

  • Regional workshop for CEE and Asia –  Seul December 2008

  • She participated in COP-MOP in Bonn in  May 2008 as member of Slovenian delegation.

    Anastasiya Idrisova
    Languages: English, Russian

    Anastasiya Idrisova holds a Medical Diploma, as well as multi-disciplinary Master Degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from four leading European Universities (Lund University, University of Manchester, Central European University, and Aegean University). She also completed the postgraduate Biosafety Course “Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic and Genetically Modified Organisms” at the University of Tromso. Anastasiya has been working on biosafety and biodiversity conservation issues for the last ten years both at national and regional levels and has thorough experience in development and implementation of projects as well as strategic documents and guidelines. She has more than 12 years’ experience in developing training curricula and materials and delivering workshops and trainings on various environmental issues at different levels and for various target groups.  

    Anastasiya Idrisova joined UNEP-GEF as a BCH Regional Advisor in 2005 sharing her knowledge and experience with countries from Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. During the BCH I Project she provided assistance to six countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Tajikistan and Ukraine) and delivered more than 12 national trainings and workshops, and a sub-regional workshop. Prior to serving as a Regional Advisor on the Cartagena Protocol, Anastasiya worked as a National Project Coordinator for the UNEP-GEF Project on the Development of National Biosafety Framework for the Republic of Tajikistan. She also served as a BCH National Focal Point for Tajikistan and as a Member of the Informal Advisory Committee for the Biosafety Clearing-House, SCBD. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation at Central European University in Budapest. Anastasiya is fluent in English and Russian.