Sylvanna is a Social Scientist with 10 years experience in Protected Area Management, scientific research and coastal and marine science. She also has 5 years experience as a consultant. She has worked as a Lecturer/Researcher with University of Seychelles/BERI, in the past.
She has a demonstrated history of working in environmental services, with a focus on Protected Area Management, strategic planning and policy. She is a research professional with an Institute of Leadership – City and Guilds Award in Leadership and Management. Her Research Areas of interest are Environmental Policy, Strengthening leadership and management, and capacity building as relevant and for driving a sustainable Blue Economy Agenda.
She holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from James Cook University, and a MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. She has contributed to various projects,consultancies, publications and book chapters. She holds several Awards, Fellowships and Honours from EDGE Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Mandela Washington Fellowship, ILM and Earth-watch. Sylvanna is also a member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Leadership Alumni Network (UCCLAN), an emerging global voice which has provided inputs to the CBD post 2020 process. She is skilled in Stakeholder Engagement, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Capacity Building, Sustainable Development, Advocacy, and Socio-economic Research and Development.