Bruno Oberle

Director General
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Dr Bruno Oberle is the Director General of the The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is a former Swiss State Secretary and an environmental expert who has served in some of the country’s most prestigious positions related to the environment. As State Secretary for the Environment, he represented Switzerland in leading international institutions and international negotiations, playing a key role in the Global Environment Facility and in the establishment of the Green Climate Fund. He is a leading expert in the fields of sustainable resource management and green economy who has explored and shaped the interface between environmental policy, economic development and social balance from the perspective of state regulator, entrepreneur and scientist. Prior to joining IUCN Dr Oberle served as Chair of the Green Economy and Resource Governance program at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he also headed the International Risk Governance Centre. Since 2019, he has chaired the Global Tailings Review, which aims to establish an international standard for the safe management of tailings storage facilities that can be applied to dams around the world.