Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Mr. John Scanlon is Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). He joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 as the Principal Advisor on Policy and Programme to Executive Director Achim Steiner, in which capacity he also led the UNEP internal reform team. A lawyer by training, he has had a long and distinguished career in environmental law, policy and management at national and international levels.
Among other roles, he was Australia's first independent Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission, he held the position of Strategic Advisor to the World Commission on Dams in Cape Town (South Africa), and headed the Environmental Law Programme (Bonn, Germany) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He also served as Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs in South Australia and held several senior roles in New South Wales including as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.