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, U.S.A.
Mariam Kenza Ali
World Heritage Conservation Officer
Mariam has a background in environmental planning with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and in ecological consultancy with field research experience in Indonesia (working on sustainable resource use patterns with the indigenous Kasepuhan in Gunung Halimun National Park) and Madagascar (researching dietary ecology of Diademed Sifaka lemurs). She has also held internships with the UN High Commission for Refugees and the UN Population Fund. Mariam also has a Masters in Ecological Management from Imperial College, London. She is a Swiss, Somali and American national and speaks fluent English and French, as well as some Spanish.
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World Heritage Capacity Building Officer
Leticia Leitão is a Portuguese national with a background in architecture. After an initial period practicing architecture, she joined the office responsible for the World Heritage city of Angra do Heroísmo in the Azores Islands (Portugal). This experience led to an internship at ICCROM in Rome (Italy) and later to her PhD research on “The protection of World Heritage settlements and their surroundings: Factors affecting management policy and practice”. She joined IUCN in 2009, initially assisting with the monitoring and evaluations process of the World Heritage Programme. Since 2010, she works only part-time at IUCN, coordinating the joint IUCN/ICCROM "World Heritage Capacity Building Project", financed by the Swiss Confederation. This work is complementary to her position as one of the members of the delegation of Switzerland to the World Heritage Committee.
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.
Remco van Merm
World Heritage Monitoring Officer
Remco is a Dutch national, but was born in Luxembourg, where he lived until he graduated from high school. At 16, he went on a life-defining holiday around southern Africa, which convinced him to pursue a career in nature conservation. He studied Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Management in the Netherlands, Indonesia and the UK, and graduated in 2008 on the subject of ecological and social aspects of large mammal reintroductions, with the Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park (Indonesia) as a case study. After his studies, he worked as a volunteer for the Asian Rhino Foundation, mainly on raising the Dutch public’s awareness of the threats to rhinos in Asia. He has also done some work as a reviewer for Pachyderm, which is the journal of the IUCN SSC African Rhino, African Elephant and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups.
Remco joined IUCN in September 2010 as Junior Professional, World Heritage Monitoring, during which time he gained first hand knowledge of World Heritage monitoring processes and experienced the challenges for the conservation of some of the worlds outstanding natural areas. He is eager to continue his work for the World Heritage Programme in his new position of Monitoring Officer, and is looking forward to contribute further to the conservation of the World’s Natural Heritage.
Marketing and Communications Officer
Lisa joined IUCN's World Heritage Programme as Marketing and Communications Officer in April 2012. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Lisa completed a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communications and French with honours from the American University in Washington, DC. She later obtained a certificate in project management from Business School Lausanne and completed a course in online marketing in Geneva. She left private sector roles in banking and conference management to work at WWF-US in Washington, DC (Latin America and Caribbean unit) starting in 1993 as Project Coordinator and then Desk Officer, establishing new communication functions on behalf of the region. At WWF-International in Gland, Switzerland, Lisa was the Communications Manager for the Global Freshwater Programme, developing and implementing a network strategy over eight years to increase the programme’s profile with key audiences, stakeholders and donors. Of English mother-tongue, Lisa is also proficient in French and Spanish.
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.
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.