The following are the Cities Biodiversity Center team based at the Africa Secretariat

All Staff are involved in the LAB program to different degrees, a number (as indicated below) are part of the core team that are dedicated to the LAB program. There are also a number of additional advisors that on occasion play a critical role in the Cities Biodiversity Center.

Kobie Brand

Global Coordinator

Director: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa


André Mader

Program Officer, Seconded to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


Russell Galt

Manager: Policy, Strategy and Development


Sarah Birch

Professional Officer (Technical Coordinator of LAB)


Verusha Seknundan

Junior Professional Officer (City focal point for LAB)


Seyram Agbmenya

Junior Professional Officer (City focal point for LAB)


Gina Avlonitis

Junior Professional Officer


Nicholas Reay

Communications Officer


Louise Naude

Financial Director


Shela Patrickson

Professional Officer (Currently on Maternity Leave)