President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Vaughan is IISD President and CEO. He has been Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS); Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Head of Economics, NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor, World Trade Organization (WTO).
At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Vaughan initiated the UNEP Finance Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade and environment. Early in his career, he worked at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. Vaughan holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.
Affiliations include member of the Environmental Leadership Council of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED); China Eco-Forum Global International Advisory Council; World Economic Forum Stewardship Board for International Trade and Investment; Smart Prosperity Leaders Initiative; and Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Urban and Environment Studies.
- Dr. Mostafa Tolba: Architect of the Montreal Protocol, IPCC and Biodiversity ConventionA tribute to the life of Dr. Mostafa Tolba, who sadly passed away on March 28, 2016. Dr. Mostafa Tolba led the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for almost 20 years, and played a pivotal role in setting the global environmental agenda.