WCPA Steering Committee Members

The WCPA Steering Committee is the principal governing body of WCPA. Its members are appointed by the WCPA Chair and approved by the IUCN Council. The Committee meets once a year to report on WCPA activities and to discuss important upcoming events, initiatives, and priorities.

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Madhu Rao

Madhu Rao - Commission Chair

Dr. Madhu Rao is the Chair of the IUCN WCPA, Senior Advisor of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore with over 25 years of ...

Dr. Madhu Rao is the Chair of the IUCN WCPA, Senior Advisor of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore with over 25 years of experience with designing and supporting the implementation of conservation field programmes across Asia.

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Andrew Rhodes - Deputy Chair

Andrew Rhodes is Special Envoy for Oceans (Undersecretariat for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry if Foreign Relations of Mexico) with more than 15 years of experience working for ...

Andrew Rhodes is Special Envoy for Oceans (Undersecretariat for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry if Foreign Relations of Mexico) with more than 15 years of experience working for the conservation and sustainable use of the natural heritage of Mexico.

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Allan Valverde - Regional Vice Chair, Caribbean and Central America

Allan Valverde is Director of the Latin American School of Protected Areas (ELAP), professor and tutor at several academic programs at the University for International Cooperation (UCI). 

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Amran Hamzah - Regional Vice Chair, Southeast Asia

Dr. Amran Hamzah is a Professor in Tourism Planning at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He had previously served IUCN WCPA as a Deputy Vice-Chair (South-East Asia) from 2011 to 2012 and was Co-Chair of ...

Dr. Amran Hamzah is a Professor in Tourism Planning at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He had previously served IUCN WCPA as a Deputy Vice-Chair (South-East Asia) from 2011 to 2012 and was Co-Chair of the then TILCEPA from 2012 to 2016. 

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Erika Stanciu - Regional Vice Chair, Europe

Erika Stanciu started to work in and for protected areas after 12 years of activity in forest management. She contributed to the establishment of the protected area management system in Romania as the ...

Erika Stanciu started to work in and for protected areas after 12 years of activity in forest management. She contributed to the establishment of the protected area management system in Romania as the first national park director.

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Florence Palla - Regional Vice Chair, West and Central Africa

Dr. Florence Palla contributed to the establishment and management of the Central African Protected Areas Network (RAPAC) by acquiring regional and international skills to support institutions and ...

Dr. Florence Palla contributed to the establishment and management of the Central African Protected Areas Network (RAPAC) by acquiring regional and international skills to support institutions and services in charge of protected areas.

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Lou Sanson - Regional Vice Chair, Oceania

Lou Sanson has 40 years experience in conservation. He originally trained as a research scientist in mountainland management with Forest Research Institute in New Zealand. He helped establish the Dept ...

Lou Sanson has 40 years experience in conservation. He originally trained as a research scientist in mountainland management with Forest Research Institute in New Zealand. He helped establish the Dept of Conservation in 1987 and became the youngest District Conservator at the time.

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Mike Wong - Regional Vice Chair, North America

Michael Wong has over 30 years of experience with the federal public service of Canada, as a scientist and senior manager at Environment Canada and Parks Canada. 

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Nizar Hani - Regional Vice Chair, North Africa, West Asia, Middle East

Nizar Hani is currently the Director General of Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the largest PA in Lebanon. His focus lately is on the forest and landscape restoration programs and all related activities.

Nizar Hani is currently the Director General of Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the largest PA in Lebanon. His focus lately is on the forest and landscape restoration programs and all related activities.

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Paula Bueno - Regional Vice Chair, South America

Paula Bueno has been working in Latin America for over 15 years in various cooperation initiatives for biodiversity conservation, international negotiation of binding multilateral agreements, and ...

Paula Bueno has been working in Latin America for over 15 years in various cooperation initiatives for biodiversity conservation, international negotiation of binding multilateral agreements, and alliances with states and organizations. 

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Sabelo Lindani - Regional Vice Chair, East and Southern Africa

Sabelo Lindani is the Managing Director of Contour Enviro Group, an environmental consulting company based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also the founder of a not-for-profit organization called ...

Sabelo Lindani is the Managing Director of Contour Enviro Group, an environmental consulting company based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also the founder of a not-for-profit organization called Youth for the Environment (Y4Enviro), which is about giving youth access into Protected Areas. 

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Sonali Ghosh - Regional Vice Chair, South Asia

Dr. Sonali Ghosh is a forester by profession and has served for more than twenty-three years in the field of wildlife and natural heritage management in India. She has co-edited 2 books: Cultural ...

Dr. Sonali Ghosh is a forester by profession and has served for more than twenty-three years in the field of wildlife and natural heritage management in India. She has co-edited 2 books: Cultural Landscapes of Asia and Wild Treasures- reflections on Natural Heritage in Asia, an Anthology.

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Tatjana Rosen - Regional Vice Chair, North Eurasia

Tatjana Rosen is Conservation Adviser for the Caucasus Nature Fund, which funds and supports protected areas in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She is based between the Caucasus and Central Asia ...

Tatjana Rosen is Conservation Adviser for the Caucasus Nature Fund, which funds and supports protected areas in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She is based between the Caucasus and Central Asia, where since 2011 she supports snow leopard and Persian leopard conservation projects and initiatives.

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Yoshitaka Kumagai - Regional Vice Chair, East Asia

Dr. Kumagai is currently the Vice President, trustee, and Professor at Akita International University in Japan. He has been serving as Regional Vice Chair of IUCN WCPA for East Asia since 2012. His ...

Dr. Kumagai is currently the Vice President, trustee, and Professor at Akita International University in Japan. He has been serving as Regional Vice Chair of IUCN WCPA for East Asia since 2012. His research interests are carrying capacity, governance, and sustainable tourism in protected areas.

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Brent Mitchell - Thematic Vice Chair, Scaling Natural Solutions

Brent A. Mitchell is Senior Vice President of QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment, a US/Canadian NGO advancing conservation through international exchange, capacity-building, facilitation, and ...

Brent A. Mitchell is Senior Vice President of QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment, a US/Canadian NGO advancing conservation through international exchange, capacity-building, facilitation, and technical assistance in over 50 countries.

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Cyril Kormos - Thematic Vice Chair, World Heritage and Primary Forests

Cyril Kormos is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute. He also serves as IUCN WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, sits on IUCN’s World Heritage Panel ...

Cyril Kormos is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute. He also serves as IUCN WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, sits on IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN WCPA World Heritage Network. 

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Felipe Paredes - Thematic Vice Chair, Marine

Dr. Felipe Paredes is a marine biologist from Chile, with more than 20 years of experience in scientific research, education and marine conservation public policy. He is currently the National ...

Dr. Felipe Paredes is a marine biologist from Chile, with more than 20 years of experience in scientific research, education and marine conservation public policy. He is currently the National Coordinator of the Marine Protected Areas of the Chilean Ministry of Environment.

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Helen Tugendhat - Thematic Vice Chair, Governance, Equity and Rights

Helen Tugendhat coordinates the Environmental Governance programme at the Forest Peoples Programme, a human rights organization based in the United Kingdom that works to create political space for ...

Helen Tugendhat coordinates the Environmental Governance programme at the Forest Peoples Programme, a human rights organization based in the United Kingdom that works to create political space for indigenous and forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.

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Karen Keenleyside - Thematic Vice Chair, People and Parks/Nature for All

An ecologist by training, Karen has over thirty years’ professional experience in the environmental field in Canada and internationally, both in the private sector and with the Canadian government. 

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An ecologist by training, Karen has over thirty years’ professional experience in the environmental field in Canada and internationally, both in the private sector and with the Canadian government. 

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Mike Appleton - Thematic Vice Chair, Capacity Development

Mike’s work as a conservation practitioner focuses on applied, area-based conservation, working in more than 40 counties to help establish protected areas, create legal frameworks and governance ...

Mike’s work as a conservation practitioner focuses on applied, area-based conservation, working in more than 40 counties to help establish protected areas, create legal frameworks and governance systems, develop management strategies and plans, and build the capacity of staff and organizations.

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Nick Salafsky - Thematic Vice Chair, Conservation Outcomes

Dr. Nick Salafsky is the Executive Director of Foundations of Success, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the practice of conservation. 

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Paola Mejia - Thematic Vice Chair, Conservation Outcomes

With more than 20 years of experience in Protected Areas and other area-based conservation measures in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and South Africa, Paola has an on-the-ground understanding of ...

With more than 20 years of experience in Protected Areas and other area-based conservation measures in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and South Africa, Paola has an on-the-ground understanding of different protected area models.

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Stephen Woodley - Thematic Vice Chair, Science and Biodiversity Policy

Dr. Stephen Woodley is an ecologist, who has worked in the field of environmental conservation, a consultant, field biologist, university researcher, and the first Chief Scientist for Parks Canada.

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Olivier Chassot - Vice Chair, Communications

Olivier is the Program Director of Regenerate Costa Rica at the University for International Cooperation (UCI) in Costa Rica. In his career, Olivier has been Chief Operating Officer at Shellcatch Inc ...

Olivier is the Program Director of Regenerate Costa Rica at the University for International Cooperation (UCI) in Costa Rica. In his career, Olivier has been Chief Operating Officer at Shellcatch Inc.