弗兰奇博士长期以来从事数据库管理应用及地理信息系统在城市发展中的运用方面的教学研究工作。他为本地社区开发了数个GIS数据包。近期的研究成果是为亚特兰大市开发的包含1300万个数据包的GIS数据库。作为加州圣路易斯－奥比斯波市、普莱瑟郡及纽约威斯特郡的顾问，他所开发的数据库是以用户在规划、工程、及税务部门的需要的基础上的。最近他开发出了机遇GIS系统的中美洲地震中心带基础设施列表。他曾与人合作为美国规划协会编写过规划咨询服务报告：GIS: Assessing Your Needs and Choosing a System，并在GIS实际运用领域发表过大量论文。
Sálvano Briceno was appointed the Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) in June 2001.
His career spans over several decades and has focused on the management of environmental and sustainable development programmes at the United Nations, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Venezuela.
Prior to joining UN/ISDR, Mr. Briceno was the Coordinator of the BIOTRADE and GHG Emissions Trading Initiatives of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva (1999-2001). Before that, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) secretariat (1996-1999), following several years as the Coordinator of Intergovernmental and Institutional Support of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where he was responsible for assisting the Executive Secretary with management; legal; information support, external relations and interagency relations of the organization (1991-1996). Further UN experience includes five years with UNEP's Caribbean Environment Programme at Kingston, Jamaica, where he collaborated closely with the Pan-Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Programme (1987-1991).
Earlier in his career, Mr. Briceno joined the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as the Executive Officer of IUCN's Commission on Education, where he focused on environmental education programmes and coordinated a worldwide network of experts (1985-1987). During the 1980s he worked as Research Associate at Harvard University's Energy and Environment Policy Center, following an active career with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources in Venezuela where he was Director General responsible for environmental education, professional development and international relations.
Mr. Briceno received a Doctorate in Administrative Law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1975 and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1984.