WWF has appointed new Practice Leaders on Wildlife, Forests, Markets, Climate and Energy, Water, Ocean and Governance. The new leaders will lead WWF’s efforts on some of the planet’s most pressing challenges to create a world where people live in harmony with nature.
This series of appointments is a milestone in the implementation of WWF’s new conservation strategy to make a significant and lasting change at scale, recognizing the need to accelerate a transition towards a sustainable future combining economic development and the protection of the environment. The future WWF’s conservation strategy centres on six major goals - wildlife, oceans, forests, water, climate and energy, and food – and three key drivers of environmental degradation – markets, finance and governance. Externally oriented, aligned to the 2030 global development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, WWF will embrace a new way of working, leveraging local expertise, embracing innovation, accelerating transformational alliances and uniting the global WWF Network and partners around shared global goals.
A description of the strategy can be found here.
“We are delighted! Our new strategy is the response to a fast changing world with growing pressures on the environment but also unprecedented emerging opportunities to solve some of the most pressing challenges the Planet and our society face. Each of these individuals has demonstrated true leadership and ambition, and a capacity and willingness to partner with others to bring about great change,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. “Our new approach will help WWF unleash our full potential to support the urgent transition needed toward an ecologically sustainable future, vital for natural and human well-being.”
The Practice Leaders we have appointed so far are:
Alistair Monument will lead WWF's Forest Practice. He is a qualified and accomplished forester and auditor with 25 years experience in over 40 countries, from multi-stakeholder engagement, forestry and certification to human rights, ethical finance and strategic programme development.
Alistair worked with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) from 2001 to 2017, and was the founding Director of Accreditation Services International, FSC’s accreditation agency. Alistair also established the FSC Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong in 2011, and has led the strategic development of FSC across the region for the past six years. Alistair will be based in Hong Kong.
Margaret Kuhlow, a respected leader in international finance and development with significant global experience, will lead WWF's Finance Practice, based in London as of 1 December 2016. Most recently Margaret was Vice President in the Office of Investment Policy at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) which is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. Previously she worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation and within the International Affairs section of the United States Department of the Treasury.
The Markets Practice will be led by Kavita Prakash-Mani, based in New York, joining the Practice on a part-time basis as of 7 November 2016, and full-time as of 2017. Kavita brings two decades of experience from the corporate sector, including Syngenta and Glaxo SmithKline, as well as a number of NGOs and the World Economic Forum. She is currently the Executive Director of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform supporting sustainable and inclusive agriculture development in South-East Asia. Her career has focused on sustainable solutions and socio-economic growth with environmental protection through private sector engagement, partnerships and collaboration - key priorities for WWF.
The Climate and Energy Practice will be led by Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, the current Environment Minister of Peru and former President of the UN Climate COP 20 that was held in Lima in December 2014. He is a trained environmental lawyer, having worked in the private sector for many years, with a special focus on issues related to environmental policy and management. Manuel will join WWF from 15 October 2016, initially based in Peru, but moving to Berlin in early December. His appointment is key, given the Paris Agreement and the subsequent momentum that we must capitalise upon.
Margaret Kinnaird will lead the Wildlife Practice, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Margaret has over 30 years conservation experience in Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya and the United States and most recently was Executive Director of the Mpala Research Centre, an international ecological research station situated on 48,000 acres in Laikipia county, Kenya. Margaret led the centre through a period of significant growth. Margaret has published prolifically, authoring or co-authoring over 75 scientific articles and two books. She will begin her role on 1 October 2016.
Delfin Ganapin, will lead WWF’s Governance Practice as of January 2017, based in Singapore. Delfin holds a Ph.D in Environmental Sciences and Management, and he has also worked in the department of the environment in his native Philippines, as well as a variety of different NGOs. Delfin is the global manager of the Global Environmental Funds (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The Small Grants Programme is a GEF corporate program designed to provide access by poor and vulnerable communities and civil society to GEF resources and embodies the very essence of sustainable development by thinking globally and acting locally, a key element of WWF’s strategy.
The Water Practice will be led by Stuart Orr. For the last 8 years, Stuart has worked on a broad spectrum of water issues as Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International. He has supported the WWF Network in devising and testing new approaches to conservation through engaging drivers, the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk. He has published widely on these and other topics while also acting on various advisory panels and boards ranging from the World Economic Forum’s Water Security Council to the IFC Infrastructure & Natural Resources (INR) Advisory Steering Committee. Recent projects include linking water ecosystems to economic and finance concerns of water users, supporting WWF offices in Kenya, Suriname, Bhutan/Nepal, Zambia, Mekong and Turkey.
John Tanzer will lead the Oceans Practice, based out of Australia, and will be based in Brisbane. He will start in this role on 1 October 2016. John has served as Director of WWF’s Global Marine Programme for the last four and a half years and has been central to its growth and development, raising the profile of WWF’s marine work around the world, culminating in 2015’s successful global ocean campaign, ‘Sustain our Seas’. His career has been defined by developing partnerships with others be it in government or with NGOs, and includes over a decade as the Executive Director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Their appointments come after a rigorous process to identify the best candidates, with the selection panels including senior WWF Network representatives and respected external voices from around the world.
WWF is currently recruiting the final Practice Leader for Food and hopes to announce this appointment soon.