Leonid SHABAD is currently working with WorlWide Fund for Nature Russia Marine Programme. His principal responcibilities are:
General fund raising for WWF-Russia Marine Program: search for donors, project design, proposal writing 
Design and coordination of marine protected areas (MPA) -related projects/activities, including tourism development
Coordination, research and communication for marine biodiversity conservation in Sakhain (offshore oil/gas impact).
Prior to WWF Russia, Leonid worked worked in the Moscow-based diving and travel company. In 2000, he graduated from Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA, USA) with MA in International Environmental Policy. Before that, he was a vice chairman of the White Sea Socio-Ecological Center (regional NGO in the Russian North)and worked as scientific researcher with Solovetsky State Museum Reserve (Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea). There he took part in various activities connected to the protection and monitoring of nature in the Solovki archipelago, including a survey of deer and birds. He has a bachelor's degree in biology from Moscow State University (1993).

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