Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is the Global Leader of Climate & Energy at WWF. He has 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy and served as Minister of the Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP20 in 2014.
Pulgar-Vidal was the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin America. He has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he is a professor, and has completed studies for a master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. He is a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Association and Peruvian Society of Environmental Law and a member of the Assembly of the World Wide Fund for Nature - Colombia.
He is part of the Aspen Institute Management and Leadership Advisory Group, chairman of the evaluation council of the French sovereign Green Bonds, a Global Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience initiatives and a member of the IUCN Global Standard Steering Committee. He is an active member of different groups aiming to get strong outcomes as a part of the formal climate talks and the non-party stakeholders’ agenda. He has been recognized by the governments of France, Germany and Spain and by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his contribution to the Paris Agreement.
Vanessa Pérez-Cirera is the deputy leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice.
She is an environmental economist focusing on international climate policy and economics. She served as Deputy Policy Director at the Mexican Ministry of Environment before joining WWF in 2002, where she held senior management positions in Mexico and internationally for the global network. She worked on topics such as energy transformation and business engagement, among others.
She left WWF to go to academia where she headed the Research Program on Sustainable Development for Universidad Iberoamericana. She returned to WWF in 2017 as Global Deputy for Climate & Energy for WWF International. In this role, she has worked on net-zero carbon pathways, policy and coalition formation.
Pérez-Cirera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana, a Master’s degree in Development Policy and a PhD in Environmental Policy, both from the University of York, United Kingdom.