Cyriaque Sendashonga steps in as Ad-interim Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute

9 June 2022

The Luc Hoffmann Institute is pleased to announce that Ms Cyriaque “Cyrie” Sendashonga has been appointed as Ad-interim Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, effective 1 June 2022. She is stepping in for Melanie Ryan, Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, who is currently on maternity leave until the end of February 2023.

Cyrie will be based in Montreal, Canada, working 50%. A seasoned conservation leader, Cyrie was formerly the Global Director of IUCN’s Policy and Programme Group. She is a biologist by training, with a master’s (M.Sc.) degree and a PhD in Zoology from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). Her career has focused on natural resources management, encompassing both research and development perspectives. She previously worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi and headed the Biosafety Programme at the CBD Secretariat. She also spent time at CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) as Regional Coordinator for the Central Africa Regional Office, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, before IUCN for eleven years.

Cyrie was born and grew up in Rwanda, is the author and co-author of many publications on environmental issues and is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

Since 2018, Cyrie has been a member of the Luc Hoffmann Institute Advisory Council, from which she will be stepping down while filling the role of Ad-interim Director. The Luc Hoffmann Institute is very grateful to Cyrie for her dedication and contribution to the Luc Hoffmann Institute as part of our Advisory Council these past years.

For any questions to the Director or Ad-interim Director, please contact the Director's office at General inquiries for the Luc Hoffmann Institute can also be sent to

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