“Nature is not an obstacle to human aspirations, but an essential partner,” says Inger Andersen, a Danish citizen with three decades of experience in development economics, environmental sustainability and policymaking. During her expansive career, she has played an important role in supporting riparian countries on international water management and hydro-diplomacy.
Currently, she has been at the helm of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2015, when she assumed responsibility for operations in more than 50 offices worldwide.
Previously, Andersen held leadership roles at the World Bank, including vice president for sustainable development and vice president of the Middle East and Africa. Prior to her time at the Bank, she served as head of the CGIAR Fund Council.
Her career began with six years working in Sudan on drought and emergency relief, leading her to the UN Development Programme, where she was appointed water and environment coordinator for the Arab Region.