Yolanda Kakabadse

Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro (born 1948[3]) is an Ecuadorian conservationist of Georgian descent.[4]

Yolanda Kakabadse
kakabadse in 2013
Yolanda Kakabadse in 2013
11th President of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
In office
Preceded byJay D. Hair
Succeeded byMohammed Valli Moosa
8th President of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
In office
Preceded byChief Emeka Anyaoku
Succeeded byPavan Sukhdev
3rd Minister of Environment
In office
August 1998 – January 2000
PresidentJamil Mahuad
Preceded byFlor María Valverde Badillo[1]
Succeeded byRodolfo Rendón Blacio[2]
Personal details
Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro

Alma materUniversity of Quito
Occupationconservationist politician
Yolanda Kakabadse in 2011.


After studies in Educational psychology at the University of Quito,[3] she became involved in environmental issues. She was a founder of the Fundación Natura in Quito and was its executive director from 1979 to 1990. At the Rio Earth Summit, she acted as NGO liaison.[5] In 1993, she was a founder of the Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano[6] (www.ffla.net) and served until 2006 as the executive president of this NGO. From August 1998 to January 2000, she served as Minister of Environment in the government of Ecuador.

From 1996 to 2004, she was president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)[7] and from 2010 to 2017, she was president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).[8] She is also a member of Washington D.C. based think tank the Inter-American Dialogue.[9]

Yolanda Kakabadse is also a trustee of the Ford Foundation[5] and was a board member of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction from 2004 until 2013.[10]

Since 2017, Yolanda is the Chair of an IUCN-led Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, the Rio Doce Panel, created to advise the restoration efforts at the Rio Doce watershed in Brazil, following the Mariana dam disaster, in 2015.

Kakabadse is an Earth Charter International Commission member.


  1. ^ "United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: World Heritage Committee, Twenty-first Session, Naples, Italy 1-6 December 1997 : Report". 1998.
  2. ^ Ministerio Del Ambiente, Ecuador (2001). Política y estrategia nacional de biodiversidad del Ecuador. ISBN 9789978417478.
  3. ^ a b Education Without Borders: Yolanda Kakabadse Archived February 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. URL retrieved 2011-01-24.
  4. ^ Goga Khachidze Met President of WWF International Yolanda Kakabadse
  5. ^ a b TEEB: Yolanda Kakabadse Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. URl retrieved 2011-01-24.
  6. ^ Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (www.ffla.net)
  7. ^ WWF: Presidents past and present: Yolanda Kakabadse. URl retrieved 2011-01-24.
  8. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Yolanda Kakabadse". www.thedialogue.org. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  9. ^ LafargeHolcim Foundation: [1]. URL retrieved 2020-06-02.