Wendy Watson-Wright, Ph.D.
Subdirectora General y Secretaria Ejecutiva, Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental de la UNESCO
Subdirectora General de Ciencias Naturales ad interim
1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 684078
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Wendy Watson-Wright became Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO) on January 4, 2010. The Director-General appointed Wendy Watson-Wright as Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences Sector ad interim in April 2014.
From 2001 to 2009, she was Assistant Deputy Minister, Science, in Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) where she was responsible for providing the leadership, as well as policy and scientific direction for all science activities in the department, including oceanography, hydrography, and fisheries, aquaculture, habitat, climate and aquatic ecosystem science.
Wendy began her career in the Canadian federal public service in 1989 as a research scientist with DFO in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following that, she held various positions, including Director of the DFO St. Andrews (Marine) Biological Station in New Brunswick, Director General of DFO Audit and Evaluation (Ottawa), and Director General of Strategic Policy of Population and Public Health in Health Canada.
Dr. Watson-Wright holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been a member of several boards including the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, ArcticNet, and Ocean Networks Canada (University of Victoria), and was a Canadian commissioner on the Canada-USA Great Lakes Fishery Commission.