Councillor Biographies

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, former Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Julia Marton-Lefèvre was the Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) until January 2015. IUCN is the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organisation, which brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, scientists and experts through a unique worldwide partnership. Prior to this, she was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), a graduate-level international university, mandated by the UN, providing education, training and research on issues related to peace and conflict. Earlier offices held by Ms. Marton-Lefèvre include 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 on improving their leadership skills around the issues of sustainable development, and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Ms. Marton-Lefèvre is a member of a number of boards, councils and committees including the UN Global Compact, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Oxford University James Martin School. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. In 1999 she received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science. In 2008, she was named “Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French Government and Global Ambassador for Hungarian Culture by the Hungarian Minister of Education and Culture. In 2011, she was named “Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles” by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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