Julia Marton–Lefèvre is the former Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She stepped down in January 2015, after eight years as head the world’s largest international conservation membership organisation. Prior positions have included Rector of the UN-mandated University for Peace; Executive Director of Leadership for Environment and Development International, and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
Julia has given hundreds of speeches throughout her career, written articles, op ed pieces, and contributed to several books. She is in the process of completing a book about her professional journey focusing on leadership and the search for ways of influencing policies to achieve the goals of sustainability.
At present, she is focusing on using her broad experience to advise organisations achieve their goals. In this effort, she chairs several international groups including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund; Bioversity International, the Sustainable Biomass Program and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).
Marton–Lefèvre is linked with Yale University, Oxford University, Arizona State University, and he Federal Polytechnique Institute in Lausanne (EPFL) through various visiting scholarships and advisory boards. She recently completed a 10-year term as a founding member of the board of the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and remains a member of the advisory board of the Institute’s Center for Environmental Studies.
Julia received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science; and has been honoured as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the government of France and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. She also received the ProNatura Award from the government of Hungary and the Presidential citation from the Republic of Korea. She is an elected a member of the World Academy of Art and Science and the World Future Council and the Royal Geographical Society.
She was born in Hungary, educated in the United States and in France, and having lived in several continents, considers herself a global citizen.