News | 16 Jan, 2024

Guiding the next chapter: Oliver Avramoski appointed IUCN ECARO director as the office marks its 20th anniversary

The International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) has appointed Oliver Avramoski as its new Regional Director. Avramoski steps into this role at a pivotal time, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the IUCN ECARO office in Belgrade, Serbia.

With over three decades of dynamic and strategic conservation expertise, Avramoski brings proven a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to sustainable development. His academic background spans environmental sciences and governance, conservation, biology and ecology, and political sciences. Avramoski's expertise has been influential in driving positive change across various sectors.

“Oliver brings to this role a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to nature conservation. I greatly welcome his appointment and am confident that under his leadership, IUCN will continue to drive positive change for nature and people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We look forward to future achievements in the region, working hand in hand with our Members and partners,” said Dr Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Director General.

Avramoski returns to IUCN ECARO after serving as the Programme Coordinator for Protected Areas from 2015 to 2018. He succeeds Boris Erg, who, after eight years of commendable service, assumes a new position as Director of the IUCN European Regional Office.

"I am honoured to lead IUCN ECARO into its next chapter and embrace the leadership position as the office marks 20 years of working towards a sustainable future in the region. I look forward to leveraging our collective expertise to drive impactful conservation initiatives, foster partnerships, and tackle the pressing environmental challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia," Avramoski emphasised.

Avramoski’s career includes his tenure as Senior Grants Coordinator at the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT), where he demonstrated exceptional leadership and coordination skills, further solidifying conservation efforts in Albania and North Macedonia. Before he was appointed Director, Avramoski also served as the Head of the Nature Conservation Department at Galicica National Park, showcasing strategic management prowess, pioneering biodiversity monitoring initiatives, and leading ranger teams to safeguard precious ecosystems. Throughout his career, he has played pivotal roles in various conservation projects, displaying an unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.

Avramoski holds both a doctorate and a master's degree in environmental sciences and policy from the Central European University. He also earned both a master's degree in biology and a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, North Macedonia.