Boris is a geographer and a conservation professional with experience working on marine protected area design and implementation, conservation planning and research. He has worked in the polar regions for 12 years and is currently WWF-Russia’s Senior Project Manager for Marine Protected Areas. His recent work with WWF was a plan for a network of priority conservation areas and detailed practical solutions for conservation across the Arctic seas. As an outcome of this planning, two nature reserves have been created and several other areas are in the process of designation. Boris has worked in the Arctic, Antarctic and the North Pacific as a marine mammal researcher, an expedition guide and a manager. This has provided him an understanding of the regional problems from the perspective of science, business, local communities, and regional and national authorities.