Speakers

The list below shows some of the speakers who attended the IUCN Congress. More speakers are available in the web spaces for individual events.

International organisations and conventions

Ms Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO

Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Ms Naoko Ishii, CEO, the Global Environmental Facility

Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora

Mr Braulio Ferreira de Sousa Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity,

Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP

Ms Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, The Ramsar Convention

Dr Stefano de Caro, Director General, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Mr John Knox, UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Mr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission

 

Governments

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

HH Tommy Remengesau Jr., President, Republic of Palau

HH Hilda Heine, President, Republic of Marshall Islands

Mr Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia  

Hon Afega Gaualofa, Principal Head, Tokelau

Hon Enele Sosene Sopaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu

Hon Henri Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands

Hon Dalton Tagelagi, Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, Niue

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Papua New Guinea

Ms Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, United States

Ms Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, USA

Dr Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, USA

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, US National Parks Service

Mr Tom Tidwell, Chief, US Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, USA

Christy Goldfluss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Ms Judith Garber,  Acting Assistant Secretary,  US Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, USA

Mr Dan Ashe, Director, US Fish and  Wildlife Service, USA

Mr Badio Nestor Bassière, Minister of Environment, Climate change and Sustainable Development, Burkina Faso

Hon Aida Mbo Keita , Minister of environment and Sustainable Development, Mali

Hon Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment, Argentina

Ms Patricia Madrigal, Vice Minister of Environment, Costa Rica

Dr Sydney Samuels, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala

Mr Alejandro del Mazo, Commissioner, National Commission for Protected Areas, Mexico

Hon. Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier, Government of the Virgin Islands

Hon Nelson Simons, Minister of Environment and Planning, Bermuda

 

Mr Won Heryong, Governor, Jeju Special Self-governing Province, Korea

HE General Surasak Khamjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Thailand

Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General, Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Hon Yeshey Dorjie, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan

Mr Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Slovakia

Ms Ekaterine Grigalava, Deputy Minister of Environment, Georgia

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, Founder and Chairperson, Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan

HH Sharifa Zein Bin Jamil, Chairperson, The Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia 

Faith – based organisations, conservation, media, academia, business, sports and arts

Prof. Edward O. Wilson, Founder, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, USA

Dr Sylvia Earle, Ocean Elder and Founder, Mission Blue, USA

Dr Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute, UK

Mr Peter Seligmann, President, Conservation International, USA

Mr Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International, Switzerland    

Mr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute, USA

Ms Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive, Birdlife International, UK

Achim Steiner, Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK

Mr Jeff Horowitz, Producer, Years of Living Dangerously, USA

Mr Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist and Author, The New York Times, USA

Prof Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Columbia Institute, USA

Mr Peter Bakker, President and CEO, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzerland

Ms Anisa Costa, Head of Sustainability and CSR, Tiffany & Co., USA

Mr Tom Butler, President and CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), UK

Mr Keith Tuffley, Managing Partner and CEO, The B Team, Switzerland

Ms Alison Sudol, Musician, Actress, Author and Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN, USA

IRUKA, Musician and IUCN Goodwill Ambassador, Japan

Ms Bianca Jagger, IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador

Rick Bates, Acting Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President, Canada Wildlife Federation, Canada

Cristiàn Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA

Brooke Runnette, Executive Vice President, Chief Program and Impact Officer, National Geographic Society, USA

Mr Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesia Voyaging Society, USA

Mr Daniel Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada, Canada

Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Aulani Wilhelm, Founder, Island Water

Anne Walton, Program Manager, International Marine Protected Area Management Capacity Building Program

Paul Rose, Explorer and TV presenter, National Geographic Society

Bruno Monteferri, Founder and Director, Conservamos por Naturaleza

Justin Bogardus, Independent filmmaker Producer / Director / Editor

Ms Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Fabian Huwyler, Vice President, Global Sustainability Group, Credit Suisse

Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy

 

Foundations

Ms Lynda Mansson, Director General, The MAVA Foundation, Switzerland

Ms Aileen Lee, Chief Program Officer, Environmental Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, USA

Dr Thomas Lovejoy, Advisor, UN Foundation, USA

Mr Henk Rogers, Founder and CEO, Blue Planet Energy, USA

Ms Julie Wrigley, Co-Founder, Global Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA

Mrs Jessica and Mr Adam Sweidan, Trustees, Synchronicity Earth, UK

Mr Ashok Khosla, Founder, Development Alternatives, India

Mr Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and Chair, Gist Advisory, India

Mr Stephan Opitz, Managing Director, KfW Development Bank, Germany

Ms Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Canada

Ms Sally Ranney, President, American Renewable Energy Institute and Co-Founder, WECAN and IUCN Patron of Nature, USA

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