Julia Marton-Lefèvre was Director General of IUCN from 2007 to 2015. Prior positions include Rector of the UN affiliated University for Peace: Director of LEAD International and Director of the International Council for Science. She currently serves on the boards of NGOs, foundations, universities and corporations, and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund; the Villars Institute Foundation and the Strategic Advisory Council to the French think tank, IDDRI. The government members of IPBES elected Julia as a member of the IPBES Bureau in 2019. She has been on the board of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability since its inception, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Futures Conference. She lectures regularly on environment & sustainable development topics in various universities including Yale University where she was the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Environment.
Julia was the recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, and has been honoure by France as Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and as Officier de l’Ordre National de Mérite; by Monaco as Officier in the Order of St Charles; by Korea with a presidential citation, and by Hungary with the Pronatura award. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Council for Science and the Environment.
Julia was born in Hungary, educated in the United States and in France, and having lived in several continents, considers herself a global citizen.