Abdel Abellard is a citizen of the Caribbean country of Haiti. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He also attended a summer program in “Economic Tools for Conservation” at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Abdel has a background in Agricultural Sciences with a focus on Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the State University of Haiti (UEH).
Internship experiences include an 8 month assignment with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Office of Migratory Birds Management in Arlington, Virginia, on a project related to the Development of an Action Plan for the conservation of the Black Capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) on Hispaniola Island (DR and Haiti). He also did a summer internship with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a Post Fire Recovery Assessment of the Pine forest in Cordillera Central (Highland of the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola Island). Other experiences in conservation included field trainings and workshops in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the US by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) associated with technical and financial partners.
Abdel spent a year working with a USAID project as a Community-Based Natural Resources Management Specialist, in Montrouis watershed (Haiti). He was also a Program Assistant for The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Abdel is presently working for USAID Mission in Haiti as an Environmental Specialist with specific tasks of assisting the Natural Resources and Environmental Manager on environmental aspects of USAID grants and contracts, also with the Mission Environmental Officer (MEO) on several task related to projects compliance to 22 CFR 216. Abdel would like to continue serving his country mostly in aspects related to Biodiversity and Conservation recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010.