2012 Global Leader in Residence Program Welcomes Yolanda Kakabadse

| March 21, 2012

Yolanda Kakabadse

Webster University and the Office of Corporate Partnerships welcome Yolanda Kakabadse, president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International, as the inaugural 2012 Global Leader in Residence, April 9-12, in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, presented by Novus International.

“We are honored and delighted to host Ms. Kakabadse, who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the field of sustainability,” says Benjamin Ola Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. “We believe her presence will educate and inspire students and the entire community to seek solutions to these global issues.”

Kakabadse is widely recognized as a global champion of sustainable development and biodiversity preservation. During her residence, there will be multiple opportunities to interact with this most distinguished guest:

Monday, April 9: President’s Opening Reception, 5 – 7 p.m.

Presented by HOK
Introduction and welcome by Beth Stroble, president of Webster University
Meet Ms. Kakabadse, and connect with business and community leaders
East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons

Tuesday, April 10: Public Lecture, 6 – 7  p.m.; Reception, 5 p.m.

“Destination You: The Future of Our Planet,” presented by SustainEdge
Livestreamed to global audience with open Q&A
East Academic Building – Room 253 (Note: This has changed from the originally announced location.)

Wednesday, April 11: Executive Sustainability: “Using Sustainability to Drive Change, Innovation, and Profits,” Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Program, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Presented by SustainEdge
Connect with sustainability experts and business leaders
East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons

Wednesday, April 11: Ideas for One Planet Sustainability

Problem-solving teams, 5 – 8 p.m.
Presented by Paric
Challenges and solutions using WWF’s One Planet Living Principles
East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons

Events are free and open to Webster’s students, faculty and staff, community leaders and the general public, with registration required: http://www.webster.edu/partners/executives.shtml.

“Novus is very honored to partner with Webster University to host Ms. Kakabadse,” said Thad Simons, president and CEO, Novus International, Inc. “The WWF’s work in environmental conservation aligns with Novus’ vision to ‘help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life.'”

“Ms. Kakabadse represents an authentic passion for connecting with the next generation of leaders today that will be (and are) facing vexing sustainability challenges of tomorrow,” said Brad Wolaver, sustainability coordinator, Office of the CFO. “Her residency, anchored in inspiring innovation and solutions, is going to empower our students and community to define real opportunities for solving these challenges that are shaped and influenced by Ms. Kakabadse and the World Wildlife Fund International’s work in One Planet Living.”

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Born in Ecuador, Kakabadse studied Educational Psychology in the Catholic University of Quito. She became Executive Director of Fundacion Natura in Quito and later created one of Latin America’s most important environmental organizations, bringing environmental, political, cultural, industrial and economic sectors together to prevent and manage social-environmental conflicts in Latin America. She is now chair of its Advisory Board.

“My heart is simply in nature conservation,” states Yolanda Kakabadse. “Our goal is to bring a voice to sustainability that forges a singular path of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through conservation.”

Her career has taken her around the world, from serving as the Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador to Visiting Professor at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environment. She has been president of the World Conservation Union, member of the board of the World Resource Institute, co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Task Force of the UN Millennium Project, chair of the Scientific and Technology Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility and team leader for the Poverty and Environment Nexus evaluation of UNDP.

Kakabadse became President of WWF International in January 2010. Her unwavering commitment to nature conservation has been recognized by many international distinctions, including the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme, the “Golden Ark Order,” the prestigious Zayed Prize and a Doctor in Science (ScD) Honoris Causa from the University of East Anglia in 2008.

For more information about programs during Ms. Kakabadse’s residency and the 2012 Global Leaders in Residence program, visit www.webster.edu/globalleadersinresidence.

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