World Heritage Programme

Director, World Heritage Programme

Tim Badman

Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme

Tim Badman joined IUCN as Special Adviser, World Heritage in August 2007. He was previously based in Dorset County Council (UK) as Environment Policy Manager. Between 2000-2006 he was the team leader of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, a role which included the supervision of the nomination process which culminated in inscription on the World Heritage List in 2001, and the subsequent development of the World Heritage programme for this site.

Email: tim.badman@iucn.org 

Cyril Kormos

Cyril F. Kormos

WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage

Cyril Kormos has two decades of experience working in international conservation. He is currently Vice-President for Policy at The WILD Foundation, where he covers a wide range of issues including wilderness law and policy, climate policy, conservation finance and biodiversity compensation and offsets. He also sits on the Executive Committee for the World Wilderness Congresses and serves as an associate editor for the International Journal of Wilderness and as a member of the editorial board for IUCN WCPA’s Parks journal. Prior to moving to WILD in 2002, Cyril was Director of Conservation International’s Policy Program, and then Senior Director for Program Management in the President’s Office at CI. Cyril holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He is based in Berkeley, California, USA.

Remco van Erm

Remco van Merm

World Heritage Conservation Officer

Remco joined IUCN’s World Heritage Programme in September 2010 and has held different positions since. Throughout this time, his main responsibility has been to ensure that IUCN’s Advisory Body role of monitoring the state of conservation of natural World Heritage Sites is carried out to a high standard. Prior to joining IUCN, Remco worked as a volunteer for the Asian Rhino Foundation, and has also done some work as a reviewer for Pachyderm, the journal of the IUCN SSC African Rhino, African Elephant and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups. A Dutch national, Remco is fluent in English, French and Indonesian, and also speaks Spanish, German, and some Luxembourgish and Javanese.

Email: remco.vanmerm@iucn.org

Elena Osipova

Elena Osipova

World Heritage Monitoring Officer

Elena joined the World Heritage team as Junior Professional in August 2012 and was quickly promoted to the position of Monitoring Officer. Elena is a Russian national and holds a degree in Ecology and a Candidate of Biological Sciences Degree (Russian equivalent of PhD). She has also recently completed a MSc in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich, with a thesis on transboundary protected areas in Europe. The main case study for her thesis was Oulanka-Paanajärvi TBPA in Finland/Russia where she spent two months as an intern helping develop a transboundary management plan and a joint sustainable tourism development strategy. In 2011-2012, Elena was also working for the EUROPARC Federation, first as an intern and then in a part-time position of project assistant. Elena also holds a degree in translation and speaks several languages, including Russian, English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and some Portuguese.

Email: elena.osipova@iucn.org

Christelle Perruchoud, World Heritage Project Management Assistant

Christelle Perruchoud

World Heritage Programme Assistant

Christelle joined in April 2010 to manage the administrative, operational and financial tasks of the World Heritage Programme. Since 2012, her responsibilities also include coordinating the evaluation of new nominations and contributing to the technical processes of IUCN’s work in this field. This ranges from setting up evaluation missions, coordinating desktop reviews, organizing the World Heritage Panel meeting and producing the IUCN evaluation report. A Swiss national from Valais, Christelle has a degree in tourism management and worked in the tourism sector both in Switzerland and abroad. She also has a solid background in marketing for large international companies and pursued humanitarian projects in Kenya.

Email: christelle.perruchoud@iucn.org

Bastian Bertzky, World Heritage Science Adviser

Bastian Bertzky

World Heritage Science Adviser

Bastian has worked in the World Heritage team at IUCN Headquarters from 2005 to 2009, initially carrying out the monitoring of existing World Heritage sites, then coordinating the evaluation of new nominations. From 2009 to 2013, he developed and managed projects on protected areas and World Heritage sites at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). This work included comparative analyses of all new biodiversity nominations and global gap analyses of terrestrial and marine biodiversity on the World Heritage List. Bastian holds a degree in Geography and an M.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. He has contributed to a number of scientific and technical publications on protected areas and World Heritage sites. At present he is a post-doctoral researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy).

Yichuan Shi

Yichuan Shi

GIS Analyst

Yichuan joined the World Heritage Programme as GIS Analyst in May 2011, based at the UNEP-WCMC Office in Cambridge, UK. He maintains and improves the natural World Heritage spatial data in the World Database on Protected Area (WDPA). His work also involves developing data analysis solutions and cartographic products for various reports and research projects. Prior to this role, he worked for IUCN’s Global Species Programme, providing mapping support for the Red List of Threatened Species. Yichuan holds a BSc from Zhejiang University and an Mphil in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chinese national and enjoys nature and photography.

Email: yichuan.shi@iucn.org 

Célia Zwahlen

Célia Zwahlen

World Heritage Communications Officer

Célia is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience. She joined the World Heritage Programme in March 2013 to work on communications, specifically in relation to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook. Her role involves overseeing the website design and user experience to ensure dissemination and usefulness among the conservation community and beyond. She previously held the position of Communications Officer for the 2012 World Conservation Congress, IUCN’s four-yearly landmark event. A Swiss-French national, Célia is fluent in French and English. She spent 12 years in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked as an editor in the press sector and studied at master’s level. She can also speak Italian.

Email: celia.zwahlen@iucn.org

John Karuri

John Karuri

Project Finance Officer

John works in the Global Finance Group at IUCN as part of the Budget and Financial Planning  team. He leads financial and project reporting for IUCN’s work on World Heritage. John has previous finance administration experience in various for-profit firms and non-profit organizations. He is currently based in Switzerland and has worked in Kenya, Vanuatu and India. He holds an International Organizations MBA from the University of Geneva.

Email: john.karuri@iucn.org