World Wildlife Fund CEO to Join Wilson Center as Public Policy Scholar

Kathryn S. Fuller Will Join the Center in October

Jul 12, 2005

Lee H. Hamilton, President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is pleased to announce that Kathryn S. Fuller, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-US, will join the Wilson Center in October as a Public Policy Scholar.

"Kathryn Fuller is a proven leader of tremendous accomplishment, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to work with her in the coming months," Hamilton said. "All of her outstanding professional achievements make her an ideal fit for the Wilson Center."

Fuller, trained as both a lawyer and a biologist, took over the World Wildlife Fund-US, the world's largest international conservation organization, in 1989. Prior to becoming President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-US, she served for seven years first as director of WWF's wildlife trade monitoring program, then general counsel and executive vice president.

At WWF, Fuller's emphasis has been on innovative conservation methods such as debt-for-nature swaps, conservation trusts, the inclusion of women in grass roots projects and creative partnerships to conduct conservation on large, eco-regional scales.

"We're still about saving endangered species," Fuller says, "but doing so today requires larger and more innovative solutions that can address global threats such as habitat destruction, toxic pollution and climate change."

Examples of large-scale projects undertaken during Fuller's tenure include creation of the world's first conservation trust fund for Bhutan and a partnership with the World Bank and the government of Brazil to triple the amount of rainforest under strict protection in the Amazon. In her 15 years as president and CEO, WWF has also doubled its membership, tripled its revenue and expanded its presence around the globe.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. The Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, established in 1994, promotes dialogue on the connections among environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.

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