Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Marton-Lefèvre, Julia

Chair, Bioversity International Board of Trustees

Julia is an expert in environment and sustainability and was the former Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). 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. Her board memberships today include: chairing the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Donor Council of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund and Bioversity International.

Her other board memberships include the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Global Footprint Network, the Turkana Basin Institute, the Oceanographic Institute - Prince Albert 1st of Monaco Foundation and the advisory board of TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity). Private sector links include chairing the independent Advisory Board to the Sustainable Biomass Program; and membership in the Critical Friends advisory group to the CEO of Veolia Environment S.A. and the Ethics Committee of BNP Paribas. 

Julia Marton-Lefèvre has completed a year as the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar and as a Fellow of Davenport College at Yale University. She will continue her links with Yale University as an Executive Fellow at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Julia also serves on the boards of directors of several other universities: the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Oxford University’s James Martin School, Global Institute of Sustainability (Arizona State University) and the Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative for Yale University.

Julia received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science; and has 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 and the Royal Geographic Society.    

She was born in Hungary, educated in the United States and in France, and having lived in several continents, considers herself a global citizen.