Former IUCN Presidents

Past IUCN Presidents include leaders from a variety of academic disciplines and professional experience in fields such as botany, zoology, genetics, law, psychology, politics, physics and mathematics. Their vast expertise and diverse perspectives have enriched the Union and helped IUCN fulfil its mission.

IUCN Presidents - 1948-current

Former IUCN President Yolanda Kakabadse surveys the site of the Rio Doce dam collapse in Brazil. 



Yolanda Kakabadse, IUCN President 1996-2004

2018 Crossroads blog post

Chair 2017-present of the IUCN Rio Doce Panel, an independent Scientific Technical Advisory panel.


Mohamed Kassas's presidency (1978-1984) oversaw the publication of the World Conservation Strategy in 1980, developed by IUCN, UNEP and WWF, in collaboration with FAO and UNESCO.