Julia Marton-Lefèvre

ISC Fellow (Dec 2022)

Involvement at the ISC

  • Former Executive Director of the ISC’s predecessor organisation the International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • Member of the ISC High-level group appointed to lead the development of the ISC’s strategy in the intergovernmental system


Julia Marton-Lefèvre is an independent adviser on sustainability. She has had an impressive international career starting with teaching at a Thai university then a few years in the UN system. Since then she has held several positions heading international organizations in the science, environment and education areas. These include the ISC’s predecessor organisation ICSU; LEAD international, established by The Rockefeller Foundation; the UN-affiliated University for Peace and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN. Julia now chairs or is a member of numerous boards of directors in the NGO, intergovernmental, private and public sectors.

Following her Bass fellowship at Yale University, Julia teaches courses at Yale, and lectures in various universities and international meetings.

Julia was the recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, and has been honoured as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and as an Officier de l’Ordre National de Mérite by the government of France . National honours also include the Ordre de St. Charles of Monaco, the ProNatura Award from the government of Hungary, and the Presidential citation from the Republic of Korean. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Council for Science and the Environment.

The page has been updated in May 2024.

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