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Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization which brings together states, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts around a unique worldwide partnership.
Prior to this position, she was Rector of the University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a member of several boards, including the UN Global Compact, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and Oxford University’s James Martin School. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the World Future Council. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco) and the ProNatura award (Hungary). Born in Hungary, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France.