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Marieta Sakalian
Marieta Sakalian
Marieta Sakalian has over 15 years of professional experience working on biodiversity and natural resources management at both national and international levels.
She joined UNEPs Division of GEF Coordination in 2002, as a Programme Officer for the agrobiodiversity sub-focal area. In 2006, Marieta transferred from Nairobi, Kenya to Rome, Italy assuming her current responsibilities as UNEP/DGEF Biodiversity Senior Programme Management/Liaison Officer for CGIAR Centers and FAO and as UNEP/DGEF Regional Programme Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Marieta has developed and overseen implementation of a large number of GEF projects in more than 30 countries worldwide dealing with agricultural biodiversity and ecosystem management, in partnership with organizations, such as FAO, UNESCO, and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) as well as NGOs.

Before joining UNEP she worked for a wide variety of international institutions, organizations and consulting companies including Association For Rural Development, Inc. (ARD), Bioversity International, Biodiversity Support Program (BSP - USAID funded joint venture of World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and World Resources Institute), US Agency for International Development, and US National Park Service.

Marieta holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Kliment Ochridsky University, Sofia, Bulgaria and PhD in Biology, Czech (ex-Czechoslovak) Academy of Science, Czech Republic. She also received training on sustainable rural community development and conflict management.

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