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Tom was with STAP from 2010 to 2017, and among his endeavors as Secretary, he guided the expansion of the Panel and the Secretariat and ensured the inclusion of Climate Adaptation among STAP's responsibilities. In early 2017, he took a leave of absence from STAP to join the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on a staff loan as Program Manager in the Land and Water Division.

Guadalupe Duron is 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.

Virginia Gorsevski comes to the STAP Secretariat with nearly two decades of experience working in the field of conservation and climate change in the United States and in developing countries. As a Programme Officer in the STAP Secretariat, Virginia is responsible for managing the biodiversity portfolio which includes developing practical guidance on issues related to protected area management and the illegal trade in wildlife.

Sunday Leonard joined the STAP Secretariat in May 2017 as the Program Officer responsible for climate change mitigation, adaptation, chemicals and waste management and their integrated linkage to natural resource management and sustainable development. His overarching interest is to bridge the science-policy gap in these fields by providing policymakers at all levels with the information needed to make informed decisions.

Robin began working with UNEP in 1997, supporting the Division of Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Liaison Office, located in Washington, DC. Since 2002, she has been providing support on office administration and programmatic matters to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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