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Effective Conservation.
Sustainable Development.

With more than 20 years of progressive conservation experience, Razan is ready to lead the IUCN into a new era focused on solutions that protect nature while promoting sustainable development.

Razan's diverse experience leading a large government agency, an NGO focused on citizen engagement, and an international philanthropic organization gives her a unique perspective from which to lead the IUCN at this critical moment.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (Managing Director)
Microphilanthropic platform
supporting boots-on-the-ground species projects in more than 160 countries working on 1,000+ species and subspecies. Learn More.

Emirates Nature - World Wildlife Fund
The first WWF office in the Middle East.
Areas of focus: climate change, ecological footprint, community engagement and empowerment, and environmental education and advocacy. Learn More.

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
The largest environmental regulator in the Middle East.
Areas of focus: air quality, marine water quality, fisheries, industrial regulation, protected areas and species conservation. Learn More.

Masdar (Board Member)
A future energy and sustainable development company.
Deploying more than $13.5b in renewable energy investment and realizing green urban development through "green print" or living laboratory initiatives in Masdar City. Learn More.

Making an impact: a record of accomplishments.

  • Led Abu Dhabi's commitment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2030.
  • Committed Abu Dhabi to doubling protected wildlife areas to 30%
  • Worked to establish the UAE's first mountain national park.
  • Helped reintroduce the once extinct in the wild scimitar-horned oryx.
  • Helped establish the UAE's strategic ground-water reserve.