Julia Marton-Lefèvre was until 2015 Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her former positions include Rector of the UN affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE), Executive Director for Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, established by the Rockefeller Foundation, and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Julia Marton-Lefèvre serves on a number of academic, NGO, and corporate boards, and was one of the founding members of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). She has been awarded the French Legion of Honour, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for International Scientific Cooperation.