CEESP Regional Vice Chair - Europe
Martha Chouchena-Rojas, Deputy Secretary General, CARE International (Geneva, Switzerland), manages the governance, organizational development and communications functions of CARE International, a confederation of 14 independent member organizations working together to end poverty in more than 80 countries. She also oversees the internal management and operation of its Secretariat. As Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, she led and coordinated the global policy and advocacy work of CARE, in areas such as poverty eradication, gender equality and women’s empowerment, food security, conflict and peace-building, climate change, and countries in crisis, as well as in strategic cross-cutting processes such as the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. She also managed CARE’s advocacy representation offices to the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) in New York, Brussels and Geneva. Before joining CARE in 2009, she was Head of Global Policy at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where she coordinated Union-wide policy work on biodiversity, climate change, trade and financing for development and IUCN’s engagement in UN processes and institutions, including management of the UN Observer Mission in New York. She also advised and supported policy work on thematic areas (e.g. forests, marine, protected areas and species) and coordinated policy-related decision making processes of the World Conservation Congress and Council. Prior to joining IUCN, she was Executive Director of National Parks of Colombia and governmental negotiator in several multilateral environmental agreements. Other positions held include: Senior Policy Advisor to the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) on the inclusion of gender aspects in the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Program Director of the UN FAO Tropical Forestry Action Plan in Colombia; member of Fundación Natura; and consultant on environment and development. She is currently Vice Chair for Europe of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and Co-Chair of IUCN’s European Policy Advisory Group. She did under-graduate and post-graduate studies in biology, ecology, geography and international relations at the Universidad de los Andes, Université de Montpellier, University of Aberdeen, Birkbeck - University of London, and Harvard University. She is a Colombian and French national.