Martha Rojas Urrego Martha Rojas Urrego is the Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. She has more than 25 years of experience working in conservation, sustainable development and social equity, gained in various senior levels of national government and international non-governmental organizations.
Before joining the Ramsar Convention, she worked at CARE International, a humanitarian organization, as Head of Global Advocacy and Acting Deputy Secretary General. While at CARE International, she led local to global policy work on poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid with a strong focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Between 1994 and 2008, Martha worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), first as a Senior Biodiversity Policy Advisor and then in 2002 as Head of Global Policy. In the latter position she coordinated IUCN’s global policy work, leading the Union’s engagement with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Martha was also formerly the Executive Director of National Parks of Colombia and represented the Government in several multilateral environmental agreements. She also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Fundacion Natura in Colombia.