Ms. Julia Marton-Lefevre

Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organization which brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts in a unique worldwide partnership.  Prior to this, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE).

She is the former Executive Director of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International, a programme 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, and 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 has been and is actual member of numerous boards, councils and committees for international organizations. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. In 1999 she received the  AAS 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 US and in France and was born in Hungary.