CMS Welcomes Three New Staff Members

The ranks of the Secretariat staff in Bonn have been strengthened by the arrival of three new colleagues who started to work in Bonn in the beginning of 2019. The three are Kanako Hasegawa, Associate Programme Management Officer for the Terrestrial Species Team, Jenny Renell, the new Coordinator for the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS), and María José Ortiz, Programme Management Officer responsible for the newly adopted Review Mechanism and National Legislation Programme, as well as national reports, capacity-building and outreach to non-Parties.

Kanako Hasegawa will be working on the terrestrial species portfolio including the Gorilla Agreement, Joint CMS-CITES African Carnivores Initiative, and Sahelo-Saharan Megafauna among others. Before joining CMS, she worked for the Ocean Governance team of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.

Jenny Renell will be a member of the CMS Aquatic Species Team in her capacity as ASCOBANS Coordinator.  She previously worked nine years in the outposted CMS Office in Abu Dhabi, at the Coordinating Unit of the CMS Raptors MOU and the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat.

María José Ortiz is a Specialist in International Environmental Law. Before joining the CMS, she led the collaboration of the Legal Response Initiative and InforMEA, an initiative of UNEP´s Law Division, proving legal analysis and managing InforMEA’s e-Learning platform.


Ms. Kanako Hasegawa, Ms. Jenny Renell and Ms. María José Ortiz © Aydin Bahramlouian

  Ms. Kanako Hasegawa, Ms. Jenny Renell and Ms. María José Ortiz © Aydin Bahramlouian

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