Tamas Marghescu

Former Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Tamas Marghescu graduated from one of the oldest universities of the world, from the famous Forestry Science Faculty of the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany with a Masters in Forestry Sciences. He served as a junior forestry officer in the Bavarian Forestry Service in Germany, mainly in the alpine region at the borders of Austria and Germany.

Based on his multi-cultural family background, he was showing an interest in an international career and was chosen as a German associate professional officer to work in the operations division of the Forestry Department in the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. There he assumed at young age senior responsibilities as Operations Officer responsible for the development and implementation of FAO’s forestry field programme in the Kingdom of Thailand, India and Papua New Guinea. In 1990, he was transferred to the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok/Thailand to support the field operations in the FAO Asia Pacific Region. On the request of the Royal Thai Government, he was appointed by FAO to be responsible for the execution of a UNDP funded rural development project in the central North of Thailand (Khao Kho, Petchabun Province), which was jointly implemented by the Supreme Command of the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Forest Department. Tamas developed and implemented a number of unconventional, innovative approaches to sustainable development and forest restoration (‘fruit tree reforestation’, institution of Rural Co-operation Funds etc.), which have found their way into international policy setting.

With the political change in Hungary, the German Government provided assistance to Hungary, by sending Tamas as a high-level expert adviser to Hungary. He worked for 6 years until 2002 as Special Adviser to the Hungarian Minister of Environment in an exiting time of political, economic and social transition as well as towards European integration (approximation to the European Union).

In 2002, Tamas was appointed as Regional Director for Pan-Europe (57 countries) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with today’s head office for Pan-Europe in Brussels, Belgium and sub-regional offices in Moscow (Russian Federation), Tbilisi (Georgia), and Belgrade (Serbia). He served as the Permanent Representative of IUCN to the European Union and ran the Representation in Brussels as an ‘Embassy’ of nature conservation. He has developed a number of initiatives, which bring refreshing political innovation to sustainable development. (www.countdown2010.net, www.naturegetsaprice.com).

Tamas is married to an Australian born artist of Hungarian descend and is blessed by two, twin boys of the age of 7 (with Thai nick names: “Makaam” and “Manau”).

Tamas was member of IUCN’s Global Management Team (representing regions worldwide), a member of IUCN’s Senior Management Team and is part of its Policy Group. He is founding member of a number of organizations in the field of environment and sustainable use. He has been appointed by the President of the European Parliament as representative of the Parliament in the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (EEA).

He has the reputation of being highly creative with a strong sense of ‘what can be done’. His solutions are often unconventional and refreshing, representing “out of the box” thinking.

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