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BIOSAFETY CLEARING HOUSE
PROJECT PHASE II

REGIONAL ADVISORS FOR LATIN AMERICA

Catalina Fellegi
Uruguay
Languages: English, Spanish

English version
MSc. Eng. Catalina Fellegi is an international Information & Technology consultant. Has a Master degree in Strategic Planning and Management. Her expertise includes Consultancy service and co-ordination of IT project implanting a multi-platform & multi-language ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, in Uruguay and in foreign countries such as: Italy, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina.
As an UNEP/GEF Regional Advisor, has delivered Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH workshops in 9 countries: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
She has great experience, more than 20 years in software industry, 3 years in government administration, and 17 years in private administration developing activities like Software analysis, design, construction and project management. 

Catalina has been a Professor at the Catholic University in Montevideo (Uruguay) at the Computer Science Department for more than 18 years, teaching several computer science courses, like Software engineer I & III, System analysis, and Project development. And has also developed and conducted workshop in several Universities in: Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and Uruguay.
She is an ISO Auditor, and led the process of ISO certification in the System Department at the Catholic University.

Spanish version
Mag. Ing. Catalina Fellegi es una consultora internacional en Tecnologías de la Información. Posee una Maestría en Dirección Estratégica. Su experiencia incluye los servicios de asesoría, coordinación de proyectos en la implantación de sistemas multi-plataforma y multi-lenguajes de un sistema ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), en Uruguay y en otros países como: Italia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Perú, Chile, Paraguay y Argentina.
Como Asesora Regional de PNUMA/FMAM,  ha dictado seminarios-talleres para la Creación de Capacidad para una participación efectiva en el Proyecto CIISB, en 9 países: República Dominicana, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela.
Posee gran experiencia, mas de 20 años en la Industria del Software, 3 años en la administración pública y 17 en la administración privada realizando actividades como Análisis de sistemas, diseño, construcción y gestión de proyectos.
Catalina ha sido profesor en la Universidad Católica en Montevideo (Uruguay), en el Departamento de ciencias de la Computación por más de 18 años, dictando varios cursos de informática como, Ingeniería de Software I y III, Análisis de sistemas, y Proyecto. También, ha desarrollado y llevado a cabo seminarios en varias Universidades en: Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, México, Guatemala, Brasil y Uruguay.
Ella es una auditora ISO y lideró el proceso de certificación ISO en el Departamento de Sistemas de la Universidad Católica.
 
Emma RIVERA
Colombia
Languages: English,Spanish

Emma Lucía Rivera is a Biologist with a Master degree in Agrarian Sciences and another in Biosafety. She was a full time teacher and researcher at the “Pontificia Universidad Javeriana”. She managed founds of different projects and directed a research team of the Biotechnology Group in the same University.

 She was a full time advisor to the Director of the National Department of Planning, with the role of construct policies, regulations, resources and development projects. She was involved with negotiation of the Colombian biosafety project with the World Bank.

 With the Alexander Von Humboldt Institute, she provided support to the design and implementation of the National Biosafety Clearing House (BCH). Additionally, she helped with the capacity building programs and trained national BCH staff to fully understand the national obligations to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). She provided continued advice and identified means and ways to internalize training outputs to ensure sustainability of National BCH beyond the life of the project. She also analyzed specific CPB capacity building requirements submitted by other countries to support the installation and maintenance of their national BCH components.

Ms. Rivera participated with BCH programs and international meetings as the Colombian representative in the negotiations team (COP-MOP3, Curitiba, 2006) and as a member of the Informal Advisory Committee-IAC, (Geneva, 2006 and Montreal, 2007).

She has been a Regional Advisor for the UNEP-GEF Project “Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) of the Cartagena Protocol” since 2006. She was trained for BCH international workshops (Curitiba 2006), and for the Training of Trainers organized by UNEP-GEF (Geneva, 2007 and Montreal, 2015)

At the Latin America Regional Workshops (Panamá, 2007 and 2011) she was a member of the trainer’s team. She delivered national workshops in different countries: Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cuba and Panama. She collaborated in the translation of the BCH training materials (Modules, Case Studies, Guides, Exercises, Webinars, and others).

Biografía resumida
Nivel académico: Bióloga.  Postgrado en Ciencias Agrarias. Posgrado en Bioseguridad.

Experiencia con el BCH: Coordinación del intercambio de información sobre bioseguridad en Colombia. Apoyo a la delegación colombiana en reuniones internacionales relacionadas con el BCH y Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Bioseguridad (PCB). Diseño e implementación de programas de entrenamiento y capacitación a funcionarios del BCH y el gobierno, para responder las obligaciones nacionales relacionadas con el PCB y el BCH. Enlace con el Coordinador del Proyecto BCH para analizar las necesidades expresadas por los países en cuanto a capacitación y sostenibilidad del BCH a nivel nacional. Asesoría y entrenamiento constante de los funcionarios Gubernamentales relacionados con el BCH. Traducción de materiales de entrenamiento como herramientas ofrecidas en la página Web del BCH.

Participación reuniones internacionales: COP-MOP3 (Curitiba, 13–17 Marzo 2006), y en dos IAC (Informal Advisory Committee: Ginebra, 23-24 Noviembre 2006. Montreal, 4-5 Octubre 2007).

Talleres dictados sobre BCH: Uno en Panamá, dos en República Dominicana, dos en Honduras, dos en Venezuela y uno en Uruguay.

 
Maria de Lourdes Torres
Ecuador
Languages: English,Spanish and German

Maria de Lourdes Torres is a full-time professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador (USFQ). After finishing her Ph.D. studies in plant molecular biology at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, she returned to her home country where she created and established the Biotechnology Area at USFQ. Since 1997 she is the Head of the Biotechnology Department. In addition to the different courses she teaches, she is also directing different research projects mainly related with in vitro culture and with the molecular characterization, through the use of microsatellite and AFLP markers, of the genetic variability of several plant species of agronomic importance to Ecuador.

As a consultant, she has developed different documents mainly in the area of biosafety concerned with genetically modified organisms, genetic resources and genetic diversity.

Over the past twelve years she has also been involved in the development of policies and regulations in Biosafety related to the use and management of genetically modified organisms. She has worked as a consultant and advisor for her country’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture. 

Throughout these years, she has had the opportunity to attend several international training courses within the field, act as a speaker in several international and regional seminars and congresses, and participate as Ecuador’s representative in a number of international workshops. She was the official Ecuadorian delegate in the discussions of Article 27 from the Cartagena Protocol, which ended in the adoption of the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress in October 2010.

Since 2007, she participated as a Regional Advisor in the UNEP- GEF Project “Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) of the Cartagena Protocol”.  Ms. Torres has gained a great experience working with different stakeholders, such as government officials, NGOs, the private sector and the academia in the areas of risk assessment, public awareness, and biosafety regulations.
Her extensive experience ensures successful guidance in project planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and training of personnel.