Ms. Inger Andersen was appointed Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in January 2015. Ms. Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact. Prior to joining IUCN, Ms Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank where she worked for 15 years, and served as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa and, previous to that, as Vice President for Sustainable Development. Previous to the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the United Nations for 15 years, starting in the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office working on drought and desertification issues, and was then appointed Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility for UNDP’s Arab Region.
Ms Andersen’s educational background includes a BA from London Metropolitan University North and a MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with specialisation in development economics.