Thought leaders for sustainable life on Earth

For over 60 years, Dr Luc Hoffmann helped catalyse  new ideas and effective approaches to nature conservation, bestowing the institute with a strong lineage based on partnership and the arts of convening, connecting and incubating.

Today, the Luc Hoffmann Institute follows the principles of systems thinking, convening and co-creation to incubate and accelerate new ideas and approaches that will deliver significant gains for biodiversity. Successful specialist incubators are also thought leaders. The Luc Hoffmann Institute prides itself on cutting-edge thinking: we understand that the debate around biodiversity and its conservation/future needs to evolve to create the conditions for change. We create space to (re)define key issues and questions and set them up in a way that allows society to engage with them. We draw on our extensive experience to facilitate complex conversations by convening a wide range of stakeholders on innovative topics. This helps us to accelerate the innovation agenda, identify promising new approaches and solutions and convert them into concrete action. Convening in this way also allows us to generate the high-quality networks that are essential to launch effective, high-impact ideas.

“Conservation is not the protection of nature against human development but the preservation of life-supporting systems and processes as a basis for a lasting development.” – Luc Hoffmann
© Hervé Hôte/Tour du Valat

Dr Luc Hoffmann (1923 – 2016)

“Conservation is not the protection of nature against human development but the preservation of life-supporting systems and processes as a basis for a lasting development.”
– Luc Hoffmann

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Meet the team and council

At the heart of biodiversity is diversity itself. The Luc Hoffmann Institute and its Advisory Council believe in fostering open and respectful dialogue between people from a wide range of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds. The institute creates an environment that facilitates interaction and encourages new thinking for true co-creation, innovation, and radical systems change. The natural world is made up of diverse, interconnected parts that work together as a system. Strategies and people protecting it sustainably should be no different.

Team

The institute’s passionate and open-minded team is dedicated to driving societal change for nature and people to thrive together. Its diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking form an ecosystem comprising: strategy, systems thinking, conservation, sustainability, policy, ecology, communication, advocacy, facilitation, change management, business, law, and the social and natural sciences.

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Adrian Dellecker

Adrian Dellecker

Head of Strategy and Development

Adrian is a political scientist and environmental advocacy expert. Before joining the institute he was Head of Policy and Advocacy in WWF International’s Global and Regional Policy Unit.

Anaïk Anthonioz Blanc

Anaïk Anthonioz Blanc

Research and Innovation Programme Coordinator (Ad Interim)

Anaïk has a Masters degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Trinity College Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Geneva. Before joining the institute, Anaïk worked as a communication intern at the United Nations in Geneva and was then a consultant at the CITES Secretariat.

Anca Damerell

Anca Damerell

Head of Programme, Ad Interim

Anca has a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Romania and Université d’Artois, France, and a Master’s in Environmental Protection from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Programme Administrator

Based in Cambridge, UK, Andrew provides administration, logistics, events and general project support to the institute.

Fabio Pianini

Fabio Pianini

Programme Communication Manager

Fabio is a communication and public affairs professional with experience in issue and stakeholder management for multinational energy companies. He is passionate about dialogic practices and their power to enable people to think and move forward together.

Jessica Villat

Jessica Villat

Head of Communication

Jessica is a communication and sustainability professional with international strategy-building experience, change management skills, and a passion for improving the well-being of nature and people.

Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan

Director

Melanie looks to advance conservation and sustainability in ways that incorporate inclusivity, diversity and innovation. An interdisciplinary expert in systems science, sustainability and environment, and collaborative design, her career spans diverse roles and sectors.

Michelle Demateis Schmitt

Michelle Demateis Schmitt

Project Finance Account Manager

Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in project finance, providing financial management, oversight and operational expertise for the effective coordination of WWF projects and programmes.

Richard Gauld

Richard Gauld

Head of Operations

Richard has over 17 years’ experience in strategy implementation, operations and performance evaluation in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Sandrine Jimenez

Sandrine Jimenez

Logistics and Administrative Coordinator

Sandrine organises travel and events and carries out many other administrative functions, ensuring the smooth running of the Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Advisory Council

The Luc Hoffmann Institute Advisory Council helps guarantee the institute’s integrity and independence. Comprising diverse expertise in relevant fields, the principal functions of the council are to:

  • provide timely, strategic, independent advice and guidance to the institute.
  • participate in quality assurance activities associated with the institute’s work.
  • help ensure that the institute’s portfolio remains independent and true to its vision and mission.
  • promote the institute and its work within WWF and amongst other networks.

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Jon Hutton

Jon Hutton

Chair of the Luc Hoffmann Institute Advisory Council; Executive Director, Global Conservation Impact, WWF-International
Elizabeth Ojo

Elizabeth Ojo

Director of Operations, School of Wildlife Conservation, African Leadership University
Isis Alvarez

Isis Alvarez

Senior Gender Advisor at the Global Forest Coalition
Thomas Vellacott

Thomas Vellacott

CEO of WWF Switzerland
Dermot O’Gorman

Dermot O’Gorman

Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Australia
André Hoffmann

André Hoffmann

President of the MAVA Foundation and Fondation Tour du Valat
Bill Adams

Bill Adams

Claudio Segré Chair of Conservation and Development, Graduate Institute Geneva
Cyriaque Sendashonga

Cyriaque Sendashonga

Biodiversity policy specialist with long experience in international environmental governance and the science-policy interface
Edward Perello

Edward Perello

Associate Director for Agriculture, Deep Science Ventures
Jean Jalbert

Jean Jalbert

Director General of Tour du Valat
Margaret Kuhlow

Margaret Kuhlow

Global Finance Practice Leader, WWF-International
Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca Shaw

WWF Chief Scientist

Associates

The Luc Hoffmann Institute Associates are a diverse group of people drawn from a range of backgrounds and life experiences, and from across sectors and disciplines. They form a vibrant, global community of aspiration, identifying, contributing and responding to emerging solutions for societal change that strengthens the wellbeing of nature and people.

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