Candidates for IUCN Council 2013-2016

09 March 2012 | News story

IUCN Members will elect a new Council for 2013-16 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 6-15 September 2012. IUCN is pleased to announce the list of candidates for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of Commissions and Regional Councillors.

More detailed information on the candidates will be available soon on the official IUCN Congress website.

Candidates for President, Treasurer and Commission Chairs nominated by Council to Congress:

On 12 August 2011, IUCN voting Members were invited to suggest names for consideration by Council for the positions of President, Treasurer and Chairs of IUCN’s Commissions. Members of IUCN’s Commissions were also invited to submit their suggestions for the Chair of their Commission. IUCN Members and Commission members actively participated, providing a wide range of excellent names. Council, at its 78th Meeting, 12-15 February 2012, decided to put forward the following candidates for the positions of IUCN President, Treasurer and Chairs of IUCN’s Commissions:


  • Anders Wijkman, Sweden
  • Zhang Xinsheng, China

(*In alphabetical order)

Role of the President
The President’s prime duty is to be the Chair of Council, the Congress, and the Bureau of Council, and works with all Council members and the Director General to make Council and the Congress as effective as possible. The President contributes prestige and influence to enhance the high regard in which the Union is held in the international arena and to facilitate its access to governments and international organizations at the highest level, representing the Union at important meetings. Click here for a more detailed profile.



  •  Patrick de Heney, Switzerland/United Kingdom
Role of the Treasurer
The Treasurer advises the Director General, as appropriate, on financial matters relating to the implementation of the IUCN Programme and on fundraising in general. The Treasurer, also, maintains an overview of the financial situation of the Union in between sessions of the World Conservation Congress and approves, for submission to Council, any adjustments to the approved intersessional financial plan. Click here for a more detailed profile.


Chairs of IUCN's Commissions*:

 Commission on Ecosystem Management:

  • Piet Wit, Netherlands

Commission on Education and Communication:

  • Nancy Colleton, USA
  • Juliane Zeidler, Germany

Commission on Environmental Law:

  • Antonio Herman Benjamin, Brazil

Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy:

  • Aroha Te Pareake Mead, New Zealand

Species Survival Commission:

  • Simon Stuart, United Kingdom

World Commission on Protected Areas:

  • Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, Mexico
  • Kathy MacKinnon, United Kingdom
  • Jeffrey McNeely, USA

(*In alphabetical order) 

Role of Commission Chair
The Commission Chair, inter alia, provides creative, dynamic and visionary leadership for the activities of each respective Commission, to enable it to fulfill its Mission as defined in the mandate adopted by the World Conservation Congress and to contribute to the implementation of the IUCN Programme. The Commission Chair maintains and motivates a network of Commission members, and also ensures that the Commission works closely with the rest of the Union, including the other IUCN Commissions, IUCN’s membership and its National and Regional Committees. Click here for a more detailed profile.


Candidates for Regional Councillor nominated by IUCN Members**:

In the same message of 12 August 2011, voting Members of IUCN were invited to submit nominations for Regional Councillors to the Election Officer, Professor Michael Bothe. The Election Officer has validated the following nominations that met with the established criteria:


  • Eriyo Jessica Osuna, Uganda
  • Mafa Chipeta, Malawi
  • Mamadou Diallo, Senegal
  • Brahim Haddane, Morocco

Meso and South America:

  • Ramón Pérez Gil Salcido, Mexico
  • Jenny Gruenberger, Bolivia
  • Miguel Pellerano, Argentina

North America and the Caribbean:

  • Spencer Thomas, Grenada 
  • George Greene, Canada 
  • Scott Hajost, USA
  • John Robinson, USA
  • Caroline Seagle, USA

South and East Asia:

  • Mahfuz Ullah, Bangladesh 
  • Antonio Claparols, Philippines
  • Meena Gupta, India
  • Shinichi Kitajima, Japan
  • Ma Keping, China
  • Arzu Rana Deuba, Nepal 
  • Dongwon Shin, Republic of Korea
  • Youngbae Suh, Republic of Korea

West Asia:

  • Mohammad Shahbaz, Jordan 
  • Samira Omar Asem, Kuwait 
  • Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Pakistan


  • Anna Elizabeth Tiraa, Cook Islands
  • Andrew Bignell, New Zealand
  • Brendan Mackey, Australia

East Europe, North and Central Asia:

  • Miklós Persányi, Hungary
  • Amirkhan Amirkhanov, Russia
  • Michael Hošek, Czech Republic
  • Tamás Marghescu, Hungary
  • Tamar Pataridze, Georgia

West Europe:

  • Despina Symons Pirovolidou, Greece
  • Marina von Weissenberg, Finland 
  • Roger Crofts, United Kingdom
  • Hans de Iongh, Netherlands
  • Jonathan Hughes, United Kingdom
  • Nilufer Oral, Turkey

(**Candidates for Regional Councillors are listed in alphabetical order of surnames within their Regions starting at the letter “U” chosen at random, in accordance with paragraph 40 of the Regulations.)

Role of Regional Councillors
As members of Council, Regional Councillors serve first and foremost the global interests and well-being of IUCN, fulfilling the functions of the IUCN Council as outlined in the IUCN Statutes, Article 46 and providing guidance on the overall development and implementation of the Union’s world-wide policies and programmes in the period between sessions of the World Conservation Congress. Within the above parameters, Regional Councillors provide input to the Council on the interests, priorities and needs of the IUCN Members in the Regions; they act as IUCN’s ambassadors, working with the President and Director General to advance the interests and Mission of the Union and to promote its services within the Region; Regional Councillors serve as key contact points in the Region, working actively with IUCN Regional and National Committees, IUCN Regional Offices and Members. Click here for a more detailed profile.