Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Marton-Lefèvre, Julia

Chair, Bioversity International Board of Trustees

Julia Marton-Lefèvre is the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at Yale University.

She stepped down as Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in January 2015 after eight years as head the world’s largest international conservation membership organization. Prior positions have included Rector of the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE); Executive Director of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International, and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  

Julia has given hundreds of speeches throughout her career, written articles, op-ed pieces, and contributed to several books. She has been on the Bioversity International Board since 2015 and succeeded Cristián Samper as Chair of the Board in November 2016. She also chairs the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Donor Council of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund, and the Advisory Board to the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. She participates as member of the boards of the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Oxford University’s James Martin School; the Global Institute of Sustainability (Arizona State University); the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

Julia received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science; and has been been honoured as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the government of France; as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco; received the ProNatura award from the government of Hungary and the Presidential citation from the Republic of Korea. She was elected a member of the World Academy of Art and Science and the World Future Council.   

Julia was born in Hungary, studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the United States and in France, and having lived in several continents, considers herself a global citizen.