Experts' profiles - Haruko Okusu
Haruko Okusu
Haruko Okusu is the focal point for biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the Asia and the Pacific, in the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. She brings over ten years of knowledge in biodiversity, biotechnology regulation, and genetic resources policy.

She is responsible for enhancing countries' capacities to implement biodiversity-related agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). She is situated in Bangkok at the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, where she coordinates the work on biodiversity and ecosystem management there.

Prior to joining UNEP in early 2010, Haruko was an Agricultural Research Officer for the Science Council Secretariat of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), located at FAO in Rome, Italy. She worked on providing strategic and policy advice for the CGIAR Centers to ensure scientific quality and “global public goods” nature of their research. In particular she undertook studies and workshops in the areas of biotechnology, liability and product stewardship, food safety, and Intellectual Property Rights.

This is her second appointment at UNEP – From 1997 to 2000 Haruko worked in Nairobi as an Associate Programme Officer, where her tasks included supporting the negotiation for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, management of UNEP/GEF Pilot Biosafety Enabling Activity; and establishment of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan, among others. She has also been a Biodiplomacy fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo, Japan, and a Task Manager for the EU Framework Six Project on establishing a European bioethics information network.
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