Experts' profiles - Jonathan Barzdo
Jonathan Barzdo
Jonathan Barzdo has worked at the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1991, initially as the Management Authorities Coordinator. He is now Chief of the Convention Support Unit and is in charge of all activities related to the organization and management of CITES meetings, and for the production of official CITES documentation. He provides advice on the implementation of the Convention and is also the principal officer responsible for assisting Parties in Asia.

Before joining the CITES Secretariat he worked for the European Commission, Belgium, where his duties included drafting regulations to implement the Convention throughout the European Community. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Unit at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Director of TRAFFIC International, in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he gained experience in monitoring and analysing international trade in wildlife. For his work during this period he was awarded the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhardt of the Netherlands.

In the 1970s, however, he worked as an animal keeper in several zoological collections in the United Kingdom, and Head Keeper at Marwell Zoological Park, before becoming a consultant on wildlife utilization, working for a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
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