Marcos Regis da Silva is Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), based in Montevideo. He is responsible for the provision of strategic scientific advice to IAI Parties on global change and their socio-economic impacts and development of linkages between the IAI’s scientific agenda and global governance environmental frameworks. Previously, he held the post of Chief, Knowledge Management and Outreach Services with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). He was responsible for issues related to the use of new information and communication technologies, including those to conduct international trade in specimens of CITES-listed species that is legal, sustainable and traceable. He was also with the Convention on Biological Diversity where he was responsible for the promotion and facilitation of technical and scientific cooperation among governments. Before joining the United Nations, Marcos was a Programme Officer with the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation where his duties included the development of the North American Biodiversity Information Network. He holds a PhD from McGill University where he was an Adjunct Professor and Computer and Data Librarian.