Experts' profiles - Julian Blanc
Julian Blanc
Julian is the Data Analyst for the CITES Programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE). The MIKE programme measures levels and trends in the illegal killing of elephants in some 70 sites in 42 elephant range States spread across Africa and Asia, and attempts to elucidate relationships between such trends and various factors, including CITES decisions on the ivory trade. Julian's role is to coordinate the compilation of and management of data from all sites, as well as to oversee the analyses and reporting of those data as required by the CITES processes. He is also involved in the design and optimization of data collection, reporting and transmission procedures, and liaises closely with MIKE's Technical Advisory Group. He's also closely involved in MIKE's elephant population monitoring efforts.

Before Joining MIKE in 2007, Julian worked for five years with the African Elephant Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where he was responsible for the running of the African Elephant Database and the production of periodic African Elephant Status Reports. Prior to that Julian worked in a variety of fields - molecular biology, information technology, education and wildlife tourism.

Julian left his native Spain at 16 and spent the rest of his formative years in the United Kingdom, holding degrees in Neurobiology and Ecological management and monitoring from the Universities of Sussex and Surrey, and his professional career to date in Africa and South East Asia.

Julian has been the coordinator of the CITES MIKE programme since December 2011.
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