Inger Andersen was appointed Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in January 2015.
She brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with 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. She has played a key role in supporting riparian countries on international water management and hydro diplomacy.
Prior to joining IUCN, Ms. Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and the United Nations (UN). Most recently, she was Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa region at the World Bank, and previous to that, Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Fund Council. Throughout Ms. Andersen’s 15-year career at the World Bank, her managerial roles focused on water, environment, and sustainable development, with special emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Previous to the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the UN for 15 years, starting in the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office working on drought and desertification issues, and then she was appointed as UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.
Ms. Andersen’s educational background includes a BA from London Metropolitan University North and an MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, with a specialization in development economics.