CCI Advisory Board member Razan Al Mubarak elected President of IUCN

28th September 2021

Razan Al Mubarak, member of CCI’s Advisory Board, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, (MBZ Fund) has been elected President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ms Al Mubarak is the second woman to lead IUCN in its 72-year history and its first president from West Asia.

Ms Al Mubarak’s election was announced at IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France. A majority of the 1,400 IUCN member organizations, representing more than 150 countries, cast their votes in favor of Ms Al Mubarak to be the 15th president of the IUCN. Representing a new generation of leadership for IUCN, Ms Al Mubarak will succeed Zhang Zinsheng of China and serve a four-year term.

“The CCI community is delighted that Razan, a much valued member of the CCI Advisory Board, has been elected President of the World Conservation Union. IUCN is one of the ten founding members of CCI and is fundamental part of our collaborative CCI ecosystem. Razan brings a deep commitment and knowledge of conservation to the IUCN, we look forward to working with her during the decade that will decide how much nature survives to enrich future generations.” said Dr Mike Maunder, CEO of CCI.

Ms Al Mubarak, said of her election as President of IUCN, “I am truly honoured to have been elected as the 15th President of the IUCN, especially in this critical moment when we need to elevate nature conservation to the forefront of the global sustainability agenda. I am grateful to the UAE leadership and its institutions for their support, trust, confidence, and their belief not only in me but in the importance of elevating the issue of nature conservation globally.”

Ms Al Mubarak began her career in conservation in 2001 when she helped to establish Emirates Nature WWF, an NGO associated with the World Wildlife Fund. At EN-WWF, she spearheaded initiatives to protect the UAE’s coral, conducted research leading to the establishment of UAE’s first mountain national park, and created the framework to protect nesting and migrating sea turtles.

In 2010, Ms Al Mubarak became the youngest person to lead an Abu Dhabi government entity with her appointment as Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), an organisation for which she now serves on its board as Managing Director. In 2018 she was selected as one of the Top 100 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

The world’s oldest and largest global environmental network, IUCN is a democratic membership union that harnesses the world’s most influential organizations and experts to conserve nature and accelerate a global transition to sustainable use of natural resources. Composed of more than 18,000 conservation experts and 1,400 member organisations, including states, government agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples’ organizations, IUCN is considered the global authority on the state of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard the planet.