Max is a resource economist with over 20 years’ experience in nature conservation and agricultural development. He has worked on economic development issues, including being part of a team that developed the “Global Green New Deal” for reviving the global economy and boosting employment in response to the financial and economic crisis of 2008.
“The 2008 crisis offered many lessons. An enduring one for me was the need for us to take time for introspection and make sure that we are building futures for ourselves that have a purpose far greater than the zeroes on a bank balance,” he said.
Max has worked extensively with governments and corporates from across the world on a range of issues, including tourism development, human rights and wildlife management. “Until the people who live with wildlife recognise them as an important resource, the future for wildlife will remain uncertain,” he said.
Max is a Senior Fellow of Aspen New Voices. He is an accomplished writer and is widely published. He has been a member of many boards. Max is married and has two daughters and a son – they all love Arsenal Football Club.
Before joining the Ministry of Environment, she worked at Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture as the administrative coordinator for academic affairs, extension and applied research. Prior to that, she served as an environmental audit and monitoring officer at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) for more than seven years and also as the alternate focal point for the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, and the Nagoya Protocol focal point, where she managed different projects aiming at regulating access to the genetic resources. In her capacity as an environmental audit and monitoring officer, she conducted environmental audit activities for different projects under operation and monitored their compliance with environmental regulations.
She is a member of the African Women in science and Engineering. A Rwandan national, Beatrice holds a Master’s in biodiversity conservation from the University of Rwanda.-->