Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia’s Department of Ecology (initially at the Forestry Department, since 1981), where he has supervised MSc and PhD students and has been a senior advisor on biodiversity policies for the Brazilian Government. He has previously held various positions in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since 1991, including Research Director of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), Director for Biodiversity Conservation since 1999 and National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests from 2010 to 2012. From February 2012 to February 2017 Braulio was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) where he played a key role to promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
A graduate of the University of Brasilia with a bachelor in biological sciences (1975) and with a PhD in zoology from Edinburgh University (1981), Braulio has published extensively and has been an active member of several national committees and councils dealing with biodiversity, most notably the Brazilian National Biodiversity Committee (CONABIO), the Brazilian National Council for Genetic Resources Administration (CGEN), the Brazilian National Technical Committee for Biosafety (CTNBio), and the Governing Council of the National Environment Fund (FNMA) and the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO).
Braulio has been a national leader and global champion on protected areas, threatened species conservation, ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring and information, forest conservation, fire ecology in savannas, pollination research and management, biodiversity for food and nutrition, biodiversity and health interlinkages, biodiversity and climate change interlinkages, biodiversity mainstreaming across economic sectors, engagement of the business sector in the biodiversity agenda and science-policy interface. Braulio is currently the chair of the global council of Birdlife International (based in Cambridge, UK), member of the advisory committee of Future Earth, a global research network on sustainability, and a member of several Brazilian conservation organizations (Life Institute in Curitiba, Sustainable Amazonas Foundation in Manaus, Biodiversitas Foundation in Belo Horizonte, Pronature Foundation in Brasilia and Save Brasil in São Paulo).