Leles, Bruno

Partnerships Associate

  • Bruno Leles
    Jingumae 5-53-70, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
    +81 (0)3-5467-1212

    Research Interests

    • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services
    • Global environmental governance
    • Peace and security
    • Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes


    • PhD Ecology and Biodiversity, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP – Rio Claro), Brazil
    • MSc Population Genetics, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
    • BSc Biology, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

    Biographical Statement

    Bruno Leles is a Partnerships Associate with the UNU-IAS Biodiversity and Society Program. Before joining UNU-IAS, Mr Leles worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where he coordinated the Global Partnership on Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Biodiversity Task Force of South-East Europe. Prior to IUCN, he supported the development of the Sixth National Report from Brazil to the Convention on Biological Diversity as a Technical Adviser with the United Nations Development Programme and promoted synergies between Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes and national commitments for protected areas from the Group of Like-minded Megadiverse Countries.  Mr Leles has experience in project management, international negotiations on environmental policy, regional environmental governance in post-conflict areas, transboundary management of protected areas and OECMS, and promotion of peace and biodiversity conservation.

    Mr Leles holds a BSc in Biology and a Master’s in Population Genetics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a Doctorate in Ecology and Biodiversity from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil. His research interests include environmental governance, biodiversity policy, landscape approaches to conservation and sustainable use, and peace and biodiversity.

  • Articles

    • Bruno Leles and Ana Štrbenac. 2021. Sustainability Plan – Biodiversity Task Force of South East Europe, Belgrade, Serbia: BDTF SEE. viii+33pp
    • Juliana A. Galhardi, Bruno P. Leles, Jaime W.V.de Mello, Kevin J. Wilkinson. 2020. Bioavailability of trace metals and rare earth elements (REE) from the tropical soils of a coal mining area. Science of the Total Environment. 717, 134484
    • Elizabeth Bacon, Patrick Gannon, Sarah Stephen, Edjigayehu Seyoum-Edjigu, Megan Schmidt, Barbara Lang, Trevor Sandwith, Jing Xin, Sujata Arora, Khairul Naim Adham, Andrew John Rhodes Espinoza, Malta Qwathekana, Ana Paula Leite Prates, Alexander Shestakov, David Cooper, Jamison Ervin, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Bruno Leles, Marc Attallah, Jo Mulongoy, Sarat Babu Gidda. 2019. Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries. Journal for Nature Conservation. Volume 51, October 2019, 125723.

    Book Chapters

    • Bruno Leles, Sarah Stephens, Megan Schmidt, Patrick Gannon, Edjigayehu Seyoum-Edjigu, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Jamison Ervin, David Cooper, Sarat Babu Gidda. 2018. Contributions of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries. Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 4.UNU-IAS.