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Program Officer, 
STAP Secretariat
Office Phone: +1(202) 621-5020
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Lev Neretin, a Programme Officer in the STAP Secretariat, is a graduate of the Moscow State University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He spent more than 10 years in academia working on ocean biogeochemical cycles and marine microbial ecology. Most of this time Lev was with the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany. He is the author of more than 30 publications and the editor of the book "Past and Present Water Column Anoxia" published by Springer in 2006. Before joining STAP Secretariat, Lev worked as a Biodiversity Expert of the Caspian Environment Programme in Iran and GEF Task Manager (Biodiversity and International Waters) based in UNEP's Moscow office. In his later position Lev supervised projects dealing with environmental protection of the Russian Arctic. He has regional knowledge and working experience in countries of Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia and Middle East.


DURON, Guadalupe
Associate Program Officer,
STAP Secretariat
Office Phone: +1 202 974 1313, Fax +1 202 223-2004
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Guadalupe Duron is an Associate Program Officer at the Secretariat of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She joined the STAP Secretariat in 2002. Her main tasks included managing a database of experts on environmental issues, and assisting STAP organize expert meetings to develop technical and policy advice for the GEF. Most recently, she began to work specifically on GEF sustainable land management activities. In doing so, she supports STAP to develop and deliver strategic advice for the GEF land degradation portfolio. She also supports STAP’s work on cross-cutting topics, such as land use and climate change. Guadalupe holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Studies with a focus on Agriculture, Environment, and Development from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

KINUTHIA, Katherine
Administrative Assistant,
STAP Secretariat
Office Phone: +254-20-7624159
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Administrative Assistant
, STAP Secretariat
Office Phone:+1202 974-1311, Fax +1 202 223-2004
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Robin Burgess  began working with UNEP in 1997, supporting the Division of Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Liaison Office, located in Washington, DC. Additionally, since its relocation to Washington in 2002, she also supports the Secretariat to Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the GEF. Besides providing local administrative and financial support, she organizes logistical arrangements for bi-annual STAP meetings, manages STAP’s recording of GEF agency submissions, GEF Secretariat reviews, and STAP project reviews. Prior to joining UNEP, Robin supported a large team of commercial real estate brokers in the DC area. She has more than 20 years of experience in office administration, logistical arrangements, and finance.