Director, WWF Arctic Programme
Alexander Shestakov has a MSc and PhD in physical geography, landscape sciences and environmental management, and a MA in Land and Environmental Law from Moscow State University. He has various experience working in the field of environment and policy for academia, with government, the private sector and environmental NGOs. Shestakov has done research on global environmental problems and environmental management at the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, and worked with international consultancy companies on EIA and environmental audits. He was engaged as an expert with the Committee on Ecology at the Russian Parliament as a member of the Highest Ecological Council to focus on drafting new federal environmental laws. Since 2000, he represents Russia in the Convention on Biological Diversity, including as a Conference of the Parties Bureau member and working with other international environmental conventions. In 2006-2010 Alexander worked for BP Russia as head of the Health, Safety and Environment department. He worked for WWF-Russia as an Environmental Law Officer and then as Conservation Director during 1999-2006. Alexander also lead the TRAFFIC office in Russia. Since 2010, Alexander has lead the WWF Arctic Programme. He is WWF representative to the Arctic Council. Dr. Shestakov has over 80 publications on various aspects of environmental issues.