Jenny Gruenberger Pérez, Bolivia

24 April 2012 | Article

A sociologist by profession, with a Master’s degree in international economic relations and a postgraduate degree in environmental projects, Jenny Gruenberger Pérez has devoted the last 20 years of her life to environmental and sustainable development issues, committed to helping to build a world in which human societies value and respect the diversity of life and understand how they form part of Nature and should not try to dominate it.

Over the course of her career, she has focused on strengthening national networks such as the Environmental Defence League (LIDEMA) as well as regional and global networks, such as the Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad [Sustainability Observatory], the International NGO Network on Desertification and Drought (RIOD); the UNEP Civil Society Platform, in addition to the Panel Internacional de Ambiente y Energía en la Amazonía [International Panel on the Environment and Energy in Amazonia]. This demonstrates her ability to interact with different public and private stakeholders across the globe.

She has collaborated with IUCN since the early 1990s, as National Coordinator of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), Coordinator of the IUCN Bolivian Committee and, more recently, as Chair of the South America Regional Committee of IUCN Members. Her experience with IUCN gives her a comprehensive vision of its constituents, its expectations, capacities and potential, and also endorses her ability to work with different types of members. She is able to communicate in all three of IUCN’s official languages.