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 (ad-interim)

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

Programme and Communication Assistant

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

Research and Projects Coordinator

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

Administration, logistics and events support

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

Carina Wyborn

Carina Wyborn

Research Advisor

Carina is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human ecology. Her research focusses on knowledge co-production in climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation.

Elisabeth Losasso

Elisabeth Losasso

Manager Innovation and Business Development

Elisabeth is an advocacy and partner engagement specialist with legal background and a passion for environmental and sustainability issues.

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.

Jon Hutton

Jon Hutton

Director

Jon is an ecologist and conservation leader with decades of experience in nature, natural resources, rural development and the complex interplay between politics, economics and environmental policy.

Lucie Bauer

Lucie Bauer

Project Coordinator

Lucie is an environmental project manager with international experience in waste management, renewable energy, and scientific cooperation.

Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan

Head of Programme (ad-interim)

Melanie is a programme management, design, engagement and facilitation expert with extensive experience in international cooperation, science-policy and environmental programmes.

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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Adil Najam

Adil Najam

Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School
André Hoffmann

André Hoffmann

Chair of MAVA foundation and Tour du Valat foundation
Bill Adams

Bill Adams

Chair in Conservation and Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge
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Cyriaque Sendashonga

Global Director of IUCN’s Policy and Programme Group
Edward Perello

Edward Perello

Principal Researcher
Jean Jalbert

Jean Jalbert

Director General of Tour du Valat
Jensen Montambault

Jensen Montambault

Director of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
Jim Leape

Jim Leape

William and Eva Price Senior Fellow at Stanford Woods Institute
Margaret Kuhlow

Margaret Kuhlow

Interim Executive Director, Global Conservation at WWF
Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca Shaw

WWF Chief Scientist
Renata Dwan

Renata Dwan

Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research