As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Isabelle BOUTILLON was among the 20 women selected.
Isabelle is a French national, holding a Master’s degree in law and a specialization in international public and private law from the University of Strasbourg. She held various legal positions in two multinational corporations in France and the US, and in a major intellectual property law firm in New York (1981 to 1990). She joined WIPO in 1990 working on international patent law, and held various managerial positions in international patent law and general administration. From 2006, she managed two major construction projects (office building and new conference hall) with numerous environmental and biodiversity features. Since 2009, she has been managing the WIPO Environmental Responsibility Project. As Director of Premises Infrastructure, she has been overseeing the evolution of the WIPO Campus and has continuously and strongly advised in favour of, and has managed the implementation of, environmentally-friendly solutions. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Strasbourg.