Kaitlin Mara joined Intellectual Property Watch in January 2008. She reports and edits on all aspects of IP policy, with a particular emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, open source/open standards, trade and public health. Kaitlin has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on intellectual property legislation and access to agricultural biotechnology in developing countries. Her BA is in Political Science from Boston College, with a minor in Environmental Science. Prior to joining IPW, Kaitlin worked with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She has a predilection for dark-brewed Costa Rican coffee and misses New York bagels She’s a native English speaker, and also speaks conversational French and very basic Lao.