Laurence GERRER-THOMASRights manager, OECD
Marco Lambertini is Director General at WWF International, the truly global organisation founded in 1961 who works to build a future where people and nature live in harmony. WWF network operates in over 100 countries with over 5,000 staff and 5 million supporters. Marco was born with a strong fascination for wildlife and at a very young age was a volunteer conservation leader in local and national conservation NGOs in Italy. At 16 was the coordinator of his home town conservation volunteers. Marco has since conducted extensive field research, co-ordinated nationwide and international conservation awareness campaigns, developed pioneering ecotourism ventures, managed private nature reserves, lobbied for national and international environmental legislation, directed local, national and international NGOs, developed social enterprises and community based initiatives, and engaged with international conventions on biodiversity and sustainability. Marco has authored several scientific and popular publications, including “A Naturalist’s guide to the Tropics” (Chicago University Press) and “Safari in Africa” (Muzzio). The conservation achievements he is most proud of include: - Large-scale changes of attitudes and practices towards wildlife in Italy; - Lead role in the establishment of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the largest marine protected area in Europe; - Lead role in the Harapan Rainforest initiative in Sumatra, the world’s first large-scale forest restoration concession; - Supporting the development of truly indigenous conservation organisations in key countries like Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar.
Helen Mountford is the Vice President for Climate and Economics at World Resources Institute, and Program Director for the New Climate Economy (NCE) project, the flagship initiative of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. She previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the OECD. Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.