Cyril is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of Earth Island Institute. He also serves as IUCN-WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, is a member of IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network. Cyril is also a co-founder and coordinator of IntAct: International Action for Primary Forests. He also serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Primary Forest Task Team and of the Griffith University Primary Forests and Climate Change Research Projects and is a trustee of Wild Europe. He was a Lui-Walton Innovator’s Fellow at Conservation International from 2016-2018 and became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018.
Cyril has edited several books, including A Handbook on International Wilderness Law and Policy (Fulcrum Publishing) and three books in the CEMEX Nature Series: Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage, A Geography of Hope: Saving Primary Forests and Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change. He has also published extensively in scientific and policy journals.
Prior to Wild Heritage, Cyril was Vice President for Policy at the WILD Foundation, and before WILD, was Senior Director for Program Management in the President’s Office at Conservation International.
Cyril holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Cyril was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management in 2015-2016.