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CBF Secretariat Staff

Welcome to the CBF Secretariat

The CBF Secretariat is located in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Secretariat provides operational and administrative support to the CBF, facilitating meetings of the Board, and managing the relationship with all CBF stakeholders.

Contact Information
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  1. Yabanex Batista
  2. Chief Executive Officer
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Yabanex (Yaba) Batista is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. Throughout his career, he has focused on international financing institutions and sustainable financing for conservation and development, government relations and policy, and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). He has ample experience working on conservation, climate chang,e and sustainable development in and with Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. Prior experience includes working for GITEC/GIZ (German Government Technical Cooperation Agency) in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy International Government Relations Department and Europe Office, the World Bank-GEF Unit, the United States Geological Survey, and IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in Brazil. He holds an MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University. 
 

 

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  1. Karen McDonald Gayle
  2. NCTF Specialist
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Karen has over 20 years of experience in the Jamaican and Caribbean environmental field which have given her vast experience in both Public Sector Policy Development as well as civil society dialogue and participation. Her work experience includes the United States Agency of International Development and the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Seas Programme. She has worked on community environmental management throughout Jamaica including as the Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica’s largest NGO grant-making institution, the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. She is a trained facilitator in Advanced Participatory Methods and will be working with the National Funds on their individual operational design as well as with the CBF on their operations.

  1. Brittany Isabelle
  2. Executive Assistant
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Contact

6 Colonial Hill Plaza
Thompson Blvd.
P.O. Box CB 11398
Nassau Bahamas
Secretariat@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org