INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP IN LATIN AMERICAN SERIES
Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro is an Ecuadorian conservationist of Georgian descent. She was president of the World Wildlife Fund (2010-2017) and Ecuador’s former minister of the environment. Kakabadse’s work with the environmental conservation movement began in 1979, when she was appointed Executive Director of Fundación Natura in Quito. During her tenure, Kakabadse helped Fundación Natura become one of Latin America’s most important environmental organizations. In August 1998, Kakabadse was appointed Ecuador’s minister of environment, a position she held until January 2000. She is also a trustee of the Ford Foundation, a board member of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction since 2004, and an Earth Charter International Commission member.
Sponsored by Duke's Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Office of Global Affairs, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.