Jane has been a part of the AGEDI team since the organisation’s inception in 2003. As Partnership Project Manager, Jane has led on a range of AGEDI’s milestone projects, including the National Blue Carbon project, a successful extension of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration project, which was the largest project of its kind worldwide, and the Climate Change Programme, which is the most comprehensive study of the issue for the region. Jane also led in the Biodiversity Systematic Conservation Assessment, a pioneering initiative for the region, and the State of the Environment report for Abu Dhabi, which was the first web-based environmental report in the Middle East, among numerous other projects.
To further her global reach, Jane took on a more active role by joining the UAE National Delegations to IPBES-3 and COP21 and was elected as Chair of the Project Steering Committee for a UNEP/GEF Blue Forests Project. She also contributed as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Biodiversity Chapter in the Global Environmental Outlook 6 for West Asia in 2015. She is also presently Review Editor for chapter 1 of the IPBES Asia Pacific regional report.
As a result of her unique insight, Jane has enhanced environmental management and protection through better and open access to environmental information, bringing strong partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Carleton University in Canada, with an emphasis on conservation of the marine environment.