Juan Carlos Vasquez is responsible for coordinating outreach and fund-raising activities in the CITES Secretariat since October 2008. During over ten years Mr Vasquez worked as Legal and Trade Policy officer, assisting the member States in developing wildlife trade policies and in drafting national CITES legislation. As the Secretariat’s spokesperson and press officer, he is in charge of providing information on the Convention, particularly to the mainstream media and the private sector.
Mr Vasquez is a lawyer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with postgraduate studies at the University of Geneva in environmental policy and public management. Before joining CITES, Mr Vasquez worked as an international consultant, lawyer of indigenous communities, consultant of the Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia, licensed attorney and magazine reporter.