Secretary-General, CITES

John E. Scanlon AM, joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as Secretary-General in 2010.

He has had a unique range of experience with environment and sustainable development policy, law, institutions and governance at the international, national, sub-national and local level.

His work experience has been gained in the private sector, in government, with the United Nations and with international organizations, as a leader, manager, professional adviser and legal practitioner, as well as through senior voluntary positions with the non-government sector.

John has served as Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs (SA), a Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission and as an adviser to State and Federal Environment Ministers. He started his career in private legal practice and is a member of the IUCN World Commissions on Environmental Law and Protected Areas.

In June 2011, John was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his service to environmental law nationally and internationally, and in 2013 he was awarded the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) International Environmental Law Award.

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