CEESP Regional Vice Chair - Europe
Martha Chouchena-Rojas, Head, Global Advocacy of CARE International (Geneva, Switzerland), leads and coordinates the global policy and advocacy work of CARE, one of the largest humanitarian and development non-governmental organizations, with presence in more than 80 countries, 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 Development Agenda. She also manages 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 the Head, Global Policy Unit of 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 in 1994, she was the Director of National Parks of Colombia and represented the government in several multilateral environmental agreements. Other experience includes serving as: Senior Policy Advisor to the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) for the inclusion of gender aspects in the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Program Coordinator for the FAO Tropical Forestry Action Plan in Colombia; consultant to FAO for various protected areas projects; and member of Fundación Natura. She taught at the Universidad de los Andes of Bogota and the University of Geneva. She has an under-graduate degree in Biology from the Universidad de los Andes as well as post-graduate degrees in Ecology and Geography from the Université de Montpellier, University of Aberdeen and Birkbeck - University of London, and was a visiting student at the Natural History Museum - London and at Harvard University. She is a French and Colombian national, fluent in English, French and Spanish.