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Marco Lambertini is Special Envoy of WWF International.

Marco Lambertini is currently Special Envoy of WWF International. He was Director General of the organization in April 2014 to December 2022, to drive the achievement of the global conservation organization’s critical mission to save life on Earth and to lead the secretariat team based in Gland.

With 35 years of conservation leadership, Marco began his association with WWF as a youth volunteer growing up in his native Italy. Prior to joining WWF, he served as Chief Executive of BirdLife International. That role saw him broaden BirdLife’s global reach and relevance, and to develop decentralized structures for the most effective global conservation impact. He managed a highly decentralized secretariat, overseeing a global partnership of more than 120 civil society organizations based in countries and territories in all continents.

Marco has a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Pisa and has published books ranging from Safari in Africa (Muzzio) to A naturalist’s guide to the Tropics (Chicago University Press).