International Leadership

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President, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The second woman to lead the organization and its first president from West Asia. Areas of focus: nature conservation, protected areas, empowerment of women, youth and indigenous communities.

High-Level Climate Action Champion, UNFCCC’s COP28
Mobilizing more ambitious climate action and strengthening the engagement of non-state actors in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Areas of focus: climate change.

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.


Razan has been a strong supporter and advocate for IUCN for nearly two decades. Under her leadership, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) became an IUCN Framework Donor and it has convened four meetings of the IUCN Species Survival Commission since 2008. Razan also secured EAD's long-term hosting of the UN-Environment Programme (UNEP) Conservation of Migratory Species Conservation of Migratory Species secretariats for raptors and dugong and, in partnership with UNEP, established the Eye on Earth community to ensure standardized, free and open access to global environmental data.