Areas of expertise: Overall vision for the World Parks Congress
Julia Marton-Lefèvre is director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation and environment membership organization that brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and experts in a unique worldwide partnership. IUCN’s mission is to influence, encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
Prior to this, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), a graduate-level international university, mandated by the United Nations, providing education, training, and research on issues related to peace and conflict. She is the former executive director of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International, a program established by the Rockefeller Foundation to bring together and train mid-career leaders from all parts of the world in improving their leadership skills around the issues of sustainable development. She is also the former executive director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), an important and respected global organization bringing together scientific academies and unions to promote scientific activities for the benefit of humanity.
Ms. Marton-Lefèvre is a member of a number of boards, councils, and committees for organizations such as the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), UPEACE, LEAD International, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Oxford University’s James Martin 21st Century School, and the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy and Climate Change Working Group.
Previous board memberships have included the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Earth Charter International, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Lemelson Foundation, ICSU’s Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED), and the InterAcademy Council’s Panel on Promoting Worldwide Science and Technology Capacities for the 21st Century. She was also a member of the jury of the Saint Andrew’s and Alcan Prizes and has participated in corporate environmental advisory boards for the Dow Chemical Company and the Coca-Cola Company.
Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. In 1999, she received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of the United Kingdom. She studied history, ecology, and environmental planning in the U.S. and in France. She was born in Hungary.
Areas of expertise: IUCN WCPA’s role; Situation of global protected areas and related issues; Overall vision, objectives and outcomes of the World Parks Congress
Dr Kathy MacKinnon is the Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas. She is a graduate of Oxford University and has over 30 years of experience working on conservation globally, including 10 years living and working in Indonesia where she engaged in tropical ecology research and protected area planning and management. Previously she was Lead Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank, working globally on protected area projects and mainstreaming biodiversity in development programmes in Central America, Africa, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is the author of more than 100 scientific books and publications including Ecology of Kalimantan, The Wildlife of Indonesia, Managing Protected Areas in the Tropics and Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change. Within WCPA she has a particular interest in promoting protected areas and other ecosystem-based approaches as natural solutions to climate change and other global challenges. In addition to WCPA, she serves on the Board of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Supervisory Council of Wetlands International. In 2007 she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Conservation Biology.
Areas of expertise: Oceania
Taholo Kami has been IUCN’s Regional Director for Oceania since the inception of the regional office in 2007. He also chairs the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation. He has previously worked with the United Nations in New York, setting up the Small Islands Developing States Network (SIDSNET) to network small island nations. He has been involved in various development projects at a local level, and national development strategies on information and communication technologies and the environment. A Tongan National, Taholo grew up in Papua New Guinea, graduating with an Accounting degree from the University of Technology of PNG and completing a MBA in marketing / eCommerce as a Fullbright scholar at Vanderbilt University.
Areas of expertise: World Heritage
Tim Badman is the Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, and has been senior IUCN spokesperson on World Heritage since 2007. He speaks for IUCN on all matters concerning the World Heritage Convention, including IUCN’s work on monitoring all listed natural sites and evaluating new proposals for World Heritage Listing.
The 217 natural World Heritage Sites currently listed (in January 2013) represent the World’s most important protected areas, and these exceptional sites show the ground level realities of global nature conservation. IUCN’s independent monitoring of WH sites celebrates conservation successes and draws attention to the growing threats to these crown jewels of conservation, such as illegal mining, major infrastructure, conflict and the basic needs for support for the protected area staff at the sharp end. IUCN is the official adviser to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, so is also a keen observer of the politics behind the Convention, and the challenges to maintain the high standards of credibility that underpin the World Heritage brand name.
Tim joined IUCN having worked as team leader of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, UK. His role culminated in inscription of the site on the World Heritage List in 2001, and the subsequent development of the World Heritage programme on-site. He has been involved in many World Heritage site evaluation and monitoring issues globally.
Tim also speaks for IUCN on the special challenges of conserving geological sites, including those sites that protect the most exceptional fossil remains of life on Earth.
Areas of expertise: Overall Congress programme, issues & outcomes; Protected Planet Report; World Database on Protected Areas; Capacity development
Pedro Rosabal's work in IUCN includes preparing technical documents and assessments on protected areas issues, support and networking with the World Commission on Protected Areas, project coordination and management, project development and negotiation, as well as technical and policy input to the CBD process and the UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, including the evaluation of WH nominations and undertaking monitoring missions to WH properties.
His regional experience in IUCN covers Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, North Eurasia and the Pacific. He is member of the IUCN/World Heritage Panel and the International Council of Experts of the Institute for Responsible Tourism. He also contributes regularly to master courses on protected areas issues organized by the University of Almeria, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the International University Menéndez Pelayo.
Luc Bas is the Director of IUCN European Union Representative Office in Brussels representing the IUCN Secretariat and providing leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken within the European Union context.
Areas of expertise: IUCN WCPA’s role; Situation of global protected areas
Areas of expertise: Protected areas, ecosystem services, sustainability, biodiversity stewardship, rural development, land/seascape level conservation, developing country perspectives, parrot ecology, ecological restoration, species recovery plans, environmental policy.
Dr. Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich is head of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. He is a prominent Mexican conservationist, environmentalist, opinion leader and researcher specialized in protected areas, ecosystem services, sustainability, biodiversity stewardship and rural development.
From 2001 to 2010, he was National Commissioner for Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP). During his tenure, Mexico increased its protected area coverage by almost 50 % with 43 new protected areas covering over eight million hectares. During that period, Mexico became a world leader in the implementation of Ramsar, World Heritage and Biological Diversity Conventions and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Network.
Dr. Enkerlin has worked as conservationist for several NGOs and co-founded Amigos de la Naturaleza and Pronatura Noreste. He has also worked as a research professor at the Center for Environmental Quality (ITESM) and as an adjunct research scientist for the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He currently leads the Natural Solutions Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and serves on board of several organizations.
Areas of expertise: Overall vision and objectives of the World Parks Congress, issues & outcomes; Protected Areas governance; Protected Areas policy; The Promise of Sydney
Trevor Sandwith leads IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme. His role includes co-ordinating IUCN’s work to support national governments to achieve their commitments to conserve biodiversity in protected areas, and to ensure that protected areas are effectively managed and well governed. A broader purpose is to ensure that protected areas play their role in helping reconcile conflicts between conservation and development, and to ensure that they are recognised as vital responses to global challenges, such as climate change, water and food security and disaster risk reduction.
A South African national, Trevor Sandwith has worked as an ecologist in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and most recently in the US and Latin America. In South Africa, he focused on the role of protected area systems in sustaining economic and social development in the transformation of South Africa to a new democracy.
From 2001, he coordinated the World Bank/UNDP/GEF-supported Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) program at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. Trevor also served as Chairman of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust and as a Council member of the Robben Island Museum World Heritage Site. Before joining IUCN, he was the Director of Biodiversity and Protected Areas Policy for The Nature Conservancy in the USA. His focus has been on finding common ground in biodiversity and climate change policy, articulating this in international policy venues and facilitating national commitments and public funding for effective work on the ground.
His current challenge is the preparation of IUCN’s once in ten year event, the IUCN World Parks Congress, which will be hosted in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. This is the most significant gathering of protected area professionals and stakeholders in the world, and is expected to influence a new understanding of the role that protected areas play in addressing critical problems faced by society.
Areas of expertise: Biodiversity & Species
Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group includes the Global Species Programme, Global Protected Areas Programme, World Heritage Programme, as well as the Invasive Species Initiative and TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network. Jane manages the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™ and is the focal point for the Species Survival Commission.
Areas of expertise: Nature-based solutions to global challenges; Climate change; Food and water security; Disaster risk reduction
Expertise: forest conservation and management, rural poverty reduction and forests, forest law enforcement and governance, forest rights and tenure, forest landscape restoration, the role of forest management in biodiversity conservation.
Stewart Maginnis is the Global Director of the Nature-based Solutions Group, with overall responsibility for IUCN’s work on Ecosystem Management, Forests, Water, Gender, Social Policy, Economics and Business & Biodiversity.
Stewart has over 28 years of broad experience in the area of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, including 13 years full-time field work in Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana and Costa Rica. More recently he has worked extensively in national and international natural resource and climate change policy arenas. During the past 12 years he has been a recognized leader in the conceptual development and promotion of “forest landscape restoration” (FLR), an approach which has now been adopted by many national and international polices and initiatives, including the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of impoverished and degraded landscapes over the forthcoming decade.
An agriculturalist by training, he holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and Land Use from the University of Oxford and has been a study fellow at the University of Manchester. He has a keen interest in the linkage between forest conservation and livelihood security of the rural poor, the practical application of ecosystem or landscapes approaches in forest management and on the role of civil society in local and national natural resource governance arrangements.
Areas of expertise: Industry involvement and private sector sponsors; Extractive industries; Tourism, business and biodiversity
Gerard is Head of IUCN's Global Business and Biodiversity Programme. He is responsible for the implementation of IUCN’s Business Engagement Strategy and serves as focal point for all business and biodiversity related matters at IUCN.
Before joining IUCN in 2012, he worked for 5 years for Barclays Bank in London and Madrid and for 17 years for Holcim, one of the largest building materials producers, in Europe, USA and Africa. Gerard joined the Sustainable Development team at Holcim headquarters in 2007 and managed Holcim’s relationship with IUCN, developing the biodiversity strategy for the Group. He also represented Holcim at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on the Vision 2050 and the cement sustainability initiatives.
Gerard has a degree in European Business Administration from the European Business School, specialized in International Bank Finance. His passion for bringing different parts of society together to find optimal solutions for transformational change is what brought him to IUCN.
Carl Gustaf Lundin
Areas of expertise: Marine and polar issues
Fil. Lic. Carl Gustaf Lundin is Director if IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme. His primary responsibility is to develop the programme in four areas: global coastal issues, high seas, climate change/nature-based solutions and working with marine- and coastal-based industries.
Before joining IUCN Carl worked with the World Bank for more than 12 years. His primary focus was coastal and marine management issues in several regions including Argentina, China, Eritrea, Indonesia, Mexico, Mesoamerica, Seychelles, Uruguay.
Carl has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Uppsala University in his native Sweden, and a Licentiate in Philosophy, Natural Resources Management, from Stockholm University.
Areas of expertise: Indigenous peoples issues; Gender and diversity; Social policy; Rights-based approaches
Areas of expertise: social policy, indigenous and traditional peoples, community-based management of natural resources, social and cultural aspects of nature conservation, traditional ecological knowledge, protected areas, environmental education, human rights, local governance.
Gonzalo Oviedo is IUCN's Senior Advisor for Social Policy. He provides advice to IUCN’s senior management, global programmes and regional offices on social aspects of nature conservation, in particular on indigenous peoples, community-based management of natural resources, socio-cultural and equity aspects of conservation and good natural resource governance at local, national and international levels.
An anthropologist by training, Gonzalo started his career working in educational projects with indigenous and rural communities of his home country Ecuador, under several initiatives supported by international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Organization of American States (OAS), which sought to implement innovative and integral approaches to community education. He then moved to the Galapagos Islands to work as the head of environmental education at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Working with organizations active in environment, development, and educational issues in Ecuador and Latin America, Gonzalo became increasingly interested in issues related to social and cultural aspects of nature conservation. He is the author of several books and technical reports on education and conservation.