BirdLife head to leave for WWF
Dr Lambertini will leave his present role and begin his new role at the global conservation organization WWF International on 1 May 2014.
Yolanda Kakabadse, President of the WWF International Board of Trustees, said: “Dr Lambertini was the outstanding candidate in a broad field of exceptional applicants. On behalf of my colleagues on the WWF International Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to welcome him to WWF.”
With 25-year career in global conservation leadership, Dr Lambertini began his association with WWF as a youth volunteer growing up in his native Italy. His presence for over a decade at BirdLife International has seen him broaden BirdLife’s global reach, relevance and impact as he ascended the career ladder.
Dr Lambertini said: “I am delighted and incredibly excited to serve an organisation like WWF and to help fully realise its immense potential as a catalyst and agent for change for people and nature. WWF’s authority and global reach can deliver what the planet and its people need: real change towards sustainable living across cultures and continents, a truly global vision for a planet where people and nature can thrive in harmony.”
The outgoing Director General, Jim Leape, announced his decision to leave the organisation last year. Starting in July, Jim will be a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. He said: “It gives me great pride and pleasure to hand over the baton to a conservation leader of such stature and experience. I congratulate Marco on his appointment and I am confident that WWF will reach even greater heights under his leadership.”