President, WWF International & Former Ecuadorian Minister of Environment
Yolanda Kakabadse has served as President for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International since 2010. Prior to that Ms. Kakabadse was the Executive Director of Fundación Natura in Quito, President of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador.
In the mid-1970s, Yolanda Kakabadse was a successful educational psychologist based in Quito, but became dedicated to protecting the natural environment. In 1993, she created Fundacion Futuro Latino americano, an organization dedicated to promote the sustainable development of Latin America through conflict prevention and management. In 1990 she emerged on to the international stage when she worked for the UN in Geneva and has served as a board member of several international organisations, including the Ford Foundation and the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
Ms Kakabadse has received numerous honorary orders and awards, including the “Golden Ark Order in 1991, the Global 500 Award” of UNEF in 1992 and the Zayed Prize in 2001.
WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations with more than 5 million supporters worldwide; and presence in over 100 countries.