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Endorse Razan For The IUCN Presidency

Dozens of IUCN members from around the world have already endorsed Razan Al Mubarak as a candidate for President of the Union. Submit your endorsement below and show your support for Razan.

Yolanda Kakabadse First woman to serve as IUCN President (1996 - 2004)

“Having led a governmental agency, a regional NGO, and a global philanthropy, Razan has the experience and vision to lead the IUCN’s diverse members and help the Union work in a more unified way to advocate for the conservation of nature. As the first woman from the Arab world to lead the IUCN and only the second female President in its 72-year history, Razan will also ensure diverse voices, especially young people and indigenous groups, have a meaningful and active role in IUCN governance.“

Julia Marton-Lefèvre Director General IUCN (2007-2015), Member of the Bureau of IPBES

“Razan and I have worked together for many years in her capacity as a high level government official, an IUCN framework donor and a strong supporter of international conservation action. The extent and diversity of Razan's involvement with IUCN, combined with her real-world experience leading an environmental regulator, a local environmental NGO, and a global philanthropy is exactly the right set of leadership experience the IUCN requires from its President.”

Andre Hoffmann President, Mava Foundation for Nature Vice-Chairman, Roche

It is a pleasure to endorse Razan's candidacy for IUCN president. She is one of the world's most effective and dedicated young leaders on biodiversity and environmental issues. At a time when the world needs a strong IUCN, I cannot think of a better candidate.


Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“I have known Razan well for a long time and been impressed by her passion for conservation. She founded the first JGI Roots & Shoots programmes in the Middle East, and has encouraged the spread of this environmental and humanitarian movement for youth throughout the UAE (it is currently in 65 countries). She is exactly the right person to lead the IUCN: dedicated, decisive and experienced. I strongly endorse her candidacy for IUCN President.”

Valli Moosa IUCN President (2004-2008)

“Razan has played an instrumental role in helping the UAE transition to a green economy, while developing innovative conservation solutions that have become models for the rest of the world. No one is better positioned to lead the IUCN into this crucial decade for conservation.”

Vance Martin President, WILD Foundation

“Razan is more than impressive, with a rare skill-set and an informed and holistic perspective. The embodiment of diversity, Razan is the ideal person to lead IUCN into a new and much-needed era of influence, impact, and leadership.”

Simon N. Stuart, PhD Director of Strategic Conservation, Synchronicity Earth

“When I was Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Razan and I worked together on a number of important initiatives. She has been deeply committed to IUCN for some time, both as a framework donor and strong supporter of the SSC. In recent years, Razan has emerged as one of the most talented and inspirational conservation leaders in the world. Her large vision, strong track-record of effective leadership, sharp intellect, fresh approach, and positive outlook make Razan the perfect person to lead the IUCN as its next President.”

Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath Former Secretary of Sustainable Development, State of Morelos, Mexico

“Razan will make a great IUCN President. She understands conservation from both process and policy perspectives. Her experience in leading a large government agency, as well as a donor organization and an NGO, gives her a unique and sophisticated perspective from which to lead the IUCN.”

Khalid Al Irani Royal Society for the Preservation of Nature, Jordan

Olivier Langrand Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

Allison Alberts Chief Conservation and Research Officer at San Diego Zoo Global

Brahim Haddane President of ASMAPEC, Morocco

Sanjay Molur Zoo Outreach, India

Wes Sechrest Global Wildlife Conservation

Anders Rhodin Turtle Conservancy

Axel Hochkirch University of Trier

Oumarou CISSE Association Nodde Nooto, Burkina Faso

Ian Harrison IUCN-SSC Freshwater Conservation Committee Chair

Jim Sanderson Small Wildcat Conservation Fund

Sagar Dahal Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation

Frédéric Launay Panthera

Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Russell Mittermeier Global Wildlife Conservation

Michael Maunder Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Claude Gascon GEF

Gregory M. Mueller Chicago Botanic Garden

Luigi Boitani University of Rome

And Many More