Speakers 2013

Sebastian Winkler

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Sebastian Winkler is a Mexican-French-German national who grew up in Francophone Africa. He is currently working as an independent sustainability consultant, which includes (i) Director for Europe for the Global Footprint Network and (ii) Senior Advisor Sustainability & Strategy for potentially the largest gold mine in Europe. Besides that, he sits on the Board of (i) Internews Europe; (ii) European Business and Biodiversity Campaign; (iii) Bioregional North America; and (iv) Global Nature Fund.
In 2010, he was part of the Spanish European Union Presidency team and supported the country in a number of international and European biodiversity negotiations. From 1997 to early 2010 he worked for IUCN. His wide-ranging professional experience in IUCN covered cross-thematic topics (as an Environmental Economist, 1997-1999); institutional and management issues (as Special Assistant to the Director General, 1999-2000); outreach and fundraising (as Acting Head, Conservation Finance and Donor Relations Unit, 2000-2003); international policy agenda with a particular focus on energy, climate change and trade (as Senior Policy Officer, 2003 – 2005); and finally he headed the Countdown 2010 Secretariat while being IUCNs Senior Advisor on European Policy, including developing a portfolio on climate and energy related projects for IUCN Regional Office for Europe (2005-2010).
Prior to joining IUCN he consolidated his working experience with UNEP’s Economics, Environment and Trade Unit in Geneva covering aspects such as Trade Policy, Sustainable Finance with Banking and the Insurance Industry. In 1995, he worked for the World Food Program’s Office of Evaluation where he was exposed to issues such as developing a survey and review of WFP’s evaluation methodology. In 1993, he consolidated his experience at a national level working for Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Environment.
He has a multi-discplinary educational background which has exposed him to different schools of thought in the many countries in which he studied. He holds a BA from the University of Constance, Germany (Development Economics, Administrative Science and Policy), and an BA Hons from the University of Guelph, Canada (Environmental Economics, Politics and Development Studies). He holds various MAs from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands (Docturandus in Regional Development Planning and Politics of Alternative Development Strategies), from the University of Trier, Germany and the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, Switzerland (European Master in Environmental Management and a Certificat Postgrade in Environmental Engineering). He also studied at the Institut dEtudes Politiques of Grenoble, France (Political Science) and in the USA at the Harvard Business School (Management).
He speaks fluent German, English, French and Spanish, and has a good working knowledge of Italian.