Dr. Dias has over three decades of experience in biodiversity science and policy and its implementation at national and international levels. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Brasilia and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh.
He worked as division chief for environmental studies for the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and as Associate Professor of Forest Protection and Ecology at the University of Brasilia.
His scientific background and training has been mobilized in the service of a number of international initiatives relating to biodiversity science and policy. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee of the DIVERSITAS Program, coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN/OAS) and vice-president of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). He was a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.
Before joining the Secretariat of the CBD, he was Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since September 2010, and before that was Director for Biodiversity Conservation since 1999.