Yolanda Kakabadse named as new President of WWF InternationalCopenhagen, 28.05.09 – The former Ecuadorian Minister of Environment Yolanda Kakabadse has been named as the new President of WWF International. Ms. Kakabadse replaces outgoing President Chief Emeka Anyaoku who steps down at the end of this year after eight years in the position.
The announcement came on the closing day (28.09.05) of the WWF Annual Conference in Copenhagen. Ms Kakabadse served as Minister of Environment in Ecuador from 1998 to 2000, and as President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 1996 to 2004. She has worked with WWF for many years including a spell on the international board, and will take up her new role in January 2010. She is currently a board member of the Ford Foundation, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Foundation for the Future of Latin America.
“Yolanda Kakabadse is a conservation leader of high standing and integrity. I am glad and excited that WWF will have such a respected personality as its next President,” said Chief Anyaoku.
Speaking from the US, Ms Kakabadse said she was honoured to be asked to take over the Presidency. “I have worked with WWF for many years and have huge respect for the organisation and its work,” she said. “I am looking forward to helping WWF bring about the necessary changes for these challenging times.”
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