Freedom-Kai Phillips has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, an MA from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and an LLB from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is currently undertaking a Master’s in Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa, focusing on intellectual property (IP) law.
Phillips is also a consultant and Legal Research Fellow with the Biodiversity and Biosafety Law Research Programme of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) in Montreal, where he works in support of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. Previously, Phillips worked for the UN, and was the Chief Operating Officer of Bionomos Ltd. in Montreal. He has authored several publications, primarily on: access and benefit-sharing regimes; bioprospecting and biotechnology strategic planning; IP rights in bio-based industries; and developing strategies to integrate biodiversity and sustainability goals into organisational risk frameworks.