Vice Chair for Oceania IUCN WCPA
Penelope Figgis AO is Vice Chair, for Oceania of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Penelope has had a long career in the NGO, academic and government sectors and is one of Australias foremost conservation policy experts. She was seventeen years Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and has served on the boards of many national and state statutory authorities as well as extensive public speaking, writing and lecturing. She was Director, Australian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN) from 2010-2014 during which time she convened many forums, created a major symposium series and generated three books and other publications. Her core areas of expertise are biodiversity and protected area policy, World Heritage, conservation on private lands, and nature based tourism. For her lifetime dedication to conservation she has been twice awarded Australian Honours.
Debate Chair – James Forbes Affirmative Team– Penelope Figgis, Jennifer Morris, Ben O’Hara Negative Team– Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, Marla Edwards, Atticus Flemming