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Kathryn Phillips

Senior Programme Officer | Species

Kat provides technical and strategic advice regarding development and delivery of work under the Species Team’s objectives to secure a sustainable future for wildlife. She is responsible for the development and management of projects that support implementation of international, species-related Conventions and Agreements that safeguard animals and plants, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), and the implementation of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Previous experience & expertise

Kat holds a BSc in Psychology and M/Res in Primatology, and completed her interdisciplinary PhD in wildlife health, tourism and conservation in the Central African Republic, and spent a number of years prior conducting research and implementing conservation projects largely across equatorial Africa. Prior to joining UNEP-WCMC Kat spent five years in the Africa Programme of Fauna & Flora International where she led management and development of a programme of work implementing landscape level species conservation projects in the Upper Guinean Forest of West Africa. Kat has particular interest and experience supporting integration of interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and connecting conservation policy with practice.