Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director, IUCN Global Species Programme
Expertise: Convention on Biological Diversity, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, plant conservation
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group includes the Global Species Programme, Global Protected Areas Programme, World Heritage Programme, as well as the Invasive Species Initiative and TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network. Jane manages the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™ and is the focal point for the Species Survival Commission.
Deputy Director, IUCN Species Programme and Director, Save Our Species Initiative
Expertise: Species conservation, biodiversity assessments, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, primates, Arabian oryx, Neotropical species (marine turtles, manatees, giant otters, primates, snakes)
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Language: French, English
Jean-Christophe Vié is Deputy Director of the IUCN’s Species Programme and Director of the Save Our Species Initiative. He oversees diverse aspects of the Programme, including biodiversity assessments and The Red List of Threatened Species™, as well as IUCN's inputs to international agreements. He also supports the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC).
Jean-Christophe has extensive field experience in various parts of the world including Africa, South America, Saudi Arabia and the USA. He started his career as a wildlife veterinarian, primarily interested in primates. He has worked on the reintroduction of the Arabian oryx and subsequently designed projects covering a wide variety of Neotropical species such as marine turtles, manatees, giant otters, primates, snakes. He has also been involved in monitoring the impacts of dams on wildlife in a pristine area of a tropical forest.
Jon Paul Rodríguez
Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
Expertise: Species conservation, species extinction crisis, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, national red list assessments, environmental sustainability, development of policy guidelines for biodiversity conservation
Language: English, Spanish
Jon Paul Rodríguez is Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.
He has an undergraduate degree in biology is from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, and a Certificate on science, technology and environmental policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, both at Princeton University.
Jon Paul joined IUCN in 1991, when he became member of the Captive Breeding Specialist Group (now called Conservation Breeding Specialist Group). In 1996 he started working with national red lists, which eventually led to his appointment as Chair of the National Red List Working Group between 2003 and 2009. He served as SSC Deputy Chair between 2009 and 2016.