Josefina Braña Varela
Vice President and Deputy Lead, Forests
Josefina Braña Varela has more than 15 years of experience working in environmental policy issues, particularly focusing on forests, from different perspectives, such as academia, government institutions and non-governmental organizations. In her current role as Vice President and Deputy Lead for Forests, she leads a multidisciplinary team working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by halting deforestation and forest degradation around the world, and she has led WWF's global forest and climate policy agenda and advocacy efforts since 2013.
Josefina also has significant experience in international negotiations under the United Nations system: from 2009 to 2012, she was part of Mexico's delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Forum on Forests, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where she negotiated reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and land-use related issues.
She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy - with a special focus on Environmental Policy - from the University of Maryland and studied International Relations in her home town, Mexico City.
“We need to take action now to make sure that all the living things and places we cherish continue to exist for future generations, both for their survival and for their enrichment. It’s time to change our path. The world is watching.”
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