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Leslie Paas


Leslie Paas is a knowledge management expert with extensive experience researching, implementing and evaluating learning and knowledge sharing initiatives – from face-to-face capacity building workshops to fully online courses, webinar series and ‘Communities of Practice’. These initiatives have engaged diverse audiences and encompassed several themes, such as gender equality, climate change, biodiversity conservation, environmental assessment, social/environmental entrepreneurship, sustainability leadership, and digital literacy.

Leslie has been involved with IISD since 2002, when she served as digital editor for IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin, providing daily web-based summaries of UN meetings. Subsequently, she conducted several evaluations, stepped in to support IISD’s internship programme, and helped the Institute to develop blended and online learning programs.

Independently, as “eLearning Specialist”, Leslie helped UN Women to implement its Virtual Campus, served as lead author for a joint publication by UNESCO/UNFCCC on climate change education, and is currently supporting UNICEF to implement a knowledge sharing platform on Sanitation and Water for All.

Leslie’s post-graduate work in Brazil focussed on knowledge technologies and instructional design. Her master’s dissertation explored collaborative technologies for leveraging organizational learning, and her doctoral thesis centred on Education for Sustainable Development.

She is based near Florianopolis, Brazil, but retains strong roots in her home province of Manitoba.

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