Marlène Elias joined Bioversity International in 2013 to support the integration of gender in research on forest genetic resources carried out within the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
Her efforts focus on coordinating gender-specific research projects, mainstreaming gender institutionally and strengthening the capacities of Bioversity International staff to conduct participatory, gender-responsive research that will deliver positive and equitable benefits to men and women beneficiaries.
Before joining Bioversity International, Marlène conducted research on gender, forest-based livelihoods, and tree resource management in Latin America and Africa.
Among other positions, she has worked in UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality and in the Department of Anthropology of Université Laval in Canada. She is the founder of the NGO Association Burkina Canada that facilitates education to underprivileged girls and boys in Burkina Faso.
MA and PhD in Geography
BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences