Chief, Scientific Services
Tom De Meulenaer is the Chief of Scientific Services at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Tom De Meulenaer works for the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the Chief of Scientific Services. He has been working in the field of CITES and sustainable use of and trade in wildlife since the late 1980s. He has also conducted trade research on a wide variety of species including elephants, mahogany wood, crocodiles and leopards, and on wildlife commodities such as ivory, Asian traditional medicines, medicinal plants and reptile leathers.
His work has also involved extensive compliance evaluations, capacity building and enforcement- related activities, and legal and policy development. He joined the Scientific Support Unit of the CITES Secretariat in 2001. Prior to joining CITES, he was the Director of Europe’s branch of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN.
A Belgian national, Tom is a biologist by training.