World Heritage Programme
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.
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 Merm
World Heritage Monitoring 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.
World Heritage Programme Assistant
Christelle is a Swiss national from Valais and has a degree in tourism management. She has worked in tourism for a few years, both in Switzerland and abroad, including in Bristol, UK, and San Francisco, USA. Upon arrival in the région lémanique, Christelle joined Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals as a marketing specialist, where she stayed for almost 5 years.
She left the company to pursue a long time dream - a humanitarian mission in Kenya working with a local NGO on projects related to health, education, as well as access to food and clean water. Prior to joining IUCN, Christelle worked with Alcon Pharmaceutical company as a marketing specialist and finance assistant for just over a year.
Elena joined the World Heritage team as Junior Professional in August 2012. 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.
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.
Célia joined the World Heritage Programme in April 2013 to work specifically on the State of World Heritage website and report. 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. Célia worked several years as an editor in the press sector and has since successfully transferred her skills to online communications. A Swiss-French national, she acquired fluency in English while studying and working in Dublin, Ireland for 12 years. She can also speak Italian.
Sophie joined the World Heritage team at IUCN in September 2013 as part of the Carlo Schmid Programme organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Before this, she completed her Masters in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at the University of Oxford. She also holds a BA in Geography from University College London. Sophie’s interests range from environmental policy and nature conservation to European Union politics and organic farming developments. Her previous experience includes working for the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security, the Munich Re Foundation, and volunteering with a small NGO in India focused on education and environmental awareness-raising. She speaks fluent German and English and has a good knowledge of French.
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.