Olivier de Munck joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in late 1999 as a Computer Information Systems Officer. In 2007, he became the Programme Officer in charge of the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM). His main field of expertise is the development of on-line information systems, and he is particularly interested in Web 2.0 technologies, web usability, and knowledge management.
Prior to joining the CBD Secretariat, Olivier was the coordinator of the Regional Disaster Information Center for Central America and the Caribbean, an initiative supported by a PAHO/WHO project. His mission was to strengthen the center's capacity to disseminate information by developing its Internet infrastructure and establishing a web presence, as well as providing technical support to national network nodes.
Previously, Olivier was a UNIDO Junior Professional Officer based in the UNDP country offices of Haiti (1996-97) and Costa Rica (1997-98) where his tasks mostly consisted in promoting and following up industrial development projects, including one on cleaner production. From 1993 to 1995, he was a consultant at Logica, an international company providing IT consultancy services. During that period, he was based in Brussels with various assignments across Europe, including one in London on a large IT project to computerize DHL's operations. Olivier's first experience in technical cooperation started in 1989 when he joined a team of information systems developers assisting the Government of Seychelles in its efforts to computerize the public sector. One of his achievements was the design and implementation of a loans management systems for the Development Bank of Seychelles.
Olivier holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universit Catholique de Louvain and a Master of Business Administration from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He grew up in Africa where he lived for more than 15 years.