was the first Associate for AJH Environmental Services, and holds a Master of Science degree in Public Relations of the Environment, as well as a degree in engineering and environmental management from the University of Denis Diderot (Paris, France). He has extensive experience with environmental management, biodiversity conservation, andenvironmental communication and education. For the past ten years, he has specialized in coastal management, protected areas, and coral reef conservation issues around the world. From 1999-2000, Francis served as the logistics coordinator for the French Secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative and served as the coordinator of the 2008 International Year of the Reef. Today, Francis is based in Paris, France and serves as the focal point for the French ICRI Secretartiat and leads his own EU-based consultancy, Biodiversité Conseil.