Dr. Olivier Chassot is Director of Science at the Tropical Science Center (Costa Rica), Co-Director of the Great Green Macaw Research and Conservation Project, Co-Coordinator of the Executive Committee of the San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor, Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Parrot Conservation Network, Chairman of the Mesoamerican Society for Conservation Biology, Deputy Vice-Chair for Connectivity Conservation at the Mountains Biome of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) – IUCN, Vice-Chair for Mesoamerica at the Transboundary Specialist Group of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) – IUCN, Director of Communications for the Austral and Neotropical America Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), and is also an active member of the World Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM-IUCN). He has been Dean of Environment and Sustainable Development and Director of the Latin American School for Protected Areas (ELAP) at the University for International Cooperation (UCI) in Costa Rica, from 2009 to 2010. Olivier Chassot has received a Bachelors in Arts (Université de Lausanne), a Masters in Project Management (University for International Cooperation), and a PhD in Natural Sciences for Sustainable Development (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica / Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica / Universidad Nacional a Distancia / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Olivier Chassot has an extensive knowledge in sustainability topics; he has developed a wide experience in designing, fundraising and implementing conservation biology programs, biological corridors, leadership of inter-institutional alliances at the national, bi-national and regional level, as well as in the creation of protected areas. He is a dynamic and passionate conservation practitioner, highly motivated, constantly seeking to self improve, compromised with high standards of personal and professional excellence, always eager to learn and able to build strong intercultural relationships.
Author of 92 publications and 111 presentations at international conferences and workshops (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Belize, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Honduras, Panama, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, Colombia, Korea, Cuba, Chile and Monaco). Coordinator of 62 national and regional events (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico and Belize).