Join Us Virtually for the

8th Annual WWF Partner Symposium

As the complexity of pressures on nature increases, WWF’s strategy has evolved to address the connections across our conservation initiatives. Our approach centers on whole-planet solutions that meet the challenges of humanity’s growing footprint while implementing geographically-targeted and community-led programs to conserve the most important wild places for nature and people.

To best illustrate this two-pronged approach, the Partner Symposium will feature in-depth discussions on two signature WWF initiatives:

  • Addressing & Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change and 
  • Doubling the World’s Population of Wild Tigers.

The event will feature thought-provoking sessions and engaging discussions with the following WWF experts and leadership*:


12:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
Julie Miller, Senior Vice President, Developmen
12:35pm President’s Report
Carter Roberts

Hear from WWF President & CEO Carter Roberts about WWF’s current conservation priorities, recent progress, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
12:50pm Connecting Whole Planet Solutions and Area-Based Conservation
Nik Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer

Catherine Blancard, Senior Director, Strategy & Planning

WWF’s evolving conservation strategy aims to secure some of the most critical places on Earth while also addressing the systemic global threats to planetary health. Learn how this dual framework will help to ensure that wildlife, local communities, and global economies all benefit from the services that a restored balance in natural systems can provide.
1:00pm Climate Change and the Future of Nature
Marcene Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Climate Change
Marty Spitzer, Senior Director, Climate and Renewable Energy
Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, Senior Director, International Climate Cooperation
Shaun Martin, Vice President, Ecological and Social Resilience

From nature-based solutions to science-driven decision making, our best chance to address future climate impacts comes this year in the lead-up to the UN Climate COP in November. Explore how we are leveraging a renewed focus on climate policy in the United States while accelerating global climate action to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030.
1:45pm Climate Change and the Future of Nature Q&A
2:05pm Break
2:20pm Securing a Future for Wild Tigers: 2022’s Year of the Tiger and beyond
Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation

Dechen Dorji, Senior Director for Asia, Wildlife Conservation

WWF’s TX2 campaign to double the population of wild tigers is nearing completion in 2022. This historic initiative mobilized political will at the highest levels in 13 tiger range countries, demonstrated how coordination and collaboration lead to better conservation outcomes, and laid the groundwork for the most incredible species recovery in the history of our planet. Discover what comes next for tigers—and learn how WWF is helping to create the conditions necessary for tigers and other at-risk species to recover and thrive.
3:05pm Securing a Future for Wild Tigers: 2022’s Year of the Tiger and beyond Q&A
3:25pm Thank You and Closing Remarks
3:30-4:00pm Post-Symposium Virtual Reception
Gather with your fellow WWF supporters to reflect on today’s discussions and enjoy casual conversations while connecting with other committed conservationists.


Be a part of the event!

We can’t gather in person, so we want to have a little fun and bring this amazing community together during the Symposium while also showing our love for the natural world we all work so hard to protect. Please submit a photograph of yourself (with family, pets or other loved ones) in the great outdoors! You may caption the photo with your name(s) and location where the photo was taken (i.e. city, state, name of park, landmark, etc.) We will add your photos to a special video that we will show during the Symposium.

Please email your high-resolution image file to [email protected].org before May 14, 2021.

By submitting your photo, you grant your consent to WWF to record and display your image during the Symposium. One photograph per household, please.