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Leaders' Dialogues

Leaders' Dialogue 1 (10:00 - 11:30, Tamna Hall A)


Latest concepts and incentives available to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources will be presented and discussed.

  • NameInger Andersen
  • NationalitySwitzerland
  • OrganizationIUCN
  • TitleDirector General

Professional Background

2015.01- Present Director General (The International Union for Conservation of Nature)
2011.09-2014.12 Vice President, Middle East & North Africa Region (The World Bank)
2010.05-2011.09 Vice President, Sustainable Development (The World Bank)
2008.05-2010.05 Sector Director, Sustainable Development, Africa Region (The World Bank)
2004.12-2008.04 Sector Director, Sustainable Development, Middle East & North Africa (The World Bank)
1999.07-2004.11 Sector Manager, Lead Water Resources Specialist (The World Bank)
1992.01-1999.06 Coordinator, Global Env Facility, Arab States (The United Nations Development Programme)
1987.09-1992.01 Program Manager, Program Officer, JPO


-MA SOAS University of London (Master of Arts)
-BA London Metropolitan University (Bachelor of Arts degree)

Introduction of the Organization

Established in 1948, IUCN is an international organisation that seeks to provide science,
objective recommendations and on-the-ground expertise on conservation and sustainable development issues.
It has some 1,300 Member organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and 10,000 voluntary experts.
As Director General, Andersen is responsible for IUCN’s operations in its 50 plus offices worldwide
In 2016, IUCN held its World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, United States.
The 2016 Congress was the largest international conservation event held in the United States.
It was opened by President Barack Obama on the eve of the formal opening.
During Andersen’s tenure at IUCN she has emphasized the importance of nature conservation
in efforts to achieve sustainable development. “Nature is not an obstacle to human aspirations,
but an essential partner, offering valuable contributions towards all our endeavours.”


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