James K Gasana is a national of Rwanda and Switzerland. Former Minister in the government of Rwanda (July 1990 - July 1993), he has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of natural resource management and integrated rural development projects; in national planning of the rural sector; and in managing negotiation processes to settle socio-political conflicts. Since 2014, he is an independent Consultant in the fields of rural development, natural resource management and democratic governance. Before that he was Senior Advisor to Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation on Resource Governance, prior to which he worked for Intercooperation (Switzerland) in various capacities including as Programme Officer in Forestry and Environment. He has led or contributed to evaluations of projects, multi-country thematic interventions, and country cooperation programs for international organizations and consulting groups including FAO, IFAD, UNDP, ITTO, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and INDUFOR. He has a wide country experience in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. He holds a PhD in Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences (University of Idaho), an MSc in Forest Management (Los Andes University, Mérida, Venezuela), and a BSc (forestry)(Honors) (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda). He has language and cultural fluency in French, English, Spanish and his mother tongue Kinyarwanda, and working proficiency in Portuguese and Swahili.