IUCN’s new President elected

Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China is the new President of IUCN. He was elected today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Zhang Xinsheng

Mr Zhang is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Eco-Forum Global, an independent organization founded in 2009 committed to building consensus among all stakeholders for development of a green and sustainable future. Today’s challenges have led him to devote himself to environmental protection and sustainable development.

He is also President of the China Education Association for International Exchange, Vice President of the International University Sports Federation, a board member of the International Institute for Education Planning, UNESCO, and Member of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

The Congress also elected a new Council made up of Treasurer, Chairs of the six IUCN Commissions and Regional Councillors.

The IUCN Council is the principal governing body of IUCN.


Patrick de Heney, Switzerland/United Kingdom

Commission Chairs

Commission on Ecosystem Management
Piet Wit, The Netherlands

Commission on Education and Communication
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

Regional Councillors


Mamadou Diallo, Senegal
Brahim Haddane, Morocco
Eriyo Jesca Osuna, Uganda

Meso and South America

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

North America and the Caribbean

George Greene, Canada
John Robinson, United States of America
Spencer Thomas, Grenada

South and East Asia

Arzu Rana Deuba, Nepal
Meena Gupta, India
Shinichi Kitajima, Japan

West Asia

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


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

East Europe, North and Central Asia

Amirkhan Amirkhanov, Russia
Michael Hošek, Czech Republic
Tamar Pataridze, Georgia

West Europe

Marina von Weissenberg, Finland
Jonathan Hughes, United Kingdom
Nilufer Oral, Turkey

Work area: 
Protected Areas
Environmental Law
South America
North America
East and Southern Africa
West and Central Africa
West Asia
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