IISD welcomes Patricia Fuller as President and CEO


The International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) is pleased to announce that Patricia Fuller will be stepping into the role of President and CEO, leading the organization into an exciting new chapter.

Currently a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa, Fuller has more than 30 years of experience in public policy and diplomacy, with a focus on climate change, energy, and trade policy. She previously served as Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, where she built international coalitions and partnerships to advance action on climate change and climate finance and, before this, headed the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. Her diplomatic career included representing Canada as Ambassador to Chile and to Uruguay.

“IISD is an organization with global reach and deep expertise in the key sustainability issues of our time,” says Fuller. “It’s an honour to be named as IISD’s next leader.”

Appointed as the new President and CEO by IISD’s board of directors after a months-long search process, Fuller will be leading the institute at a time of growth. With more than 260 staff, IISD is now influencing global agreements and sustainability policy in over 50 countries, expanding its reach and increasing its impact more than ever before.

“The Board is delighted that Patricia is joining to lead IISD and looks forward to working with her as the team continues to excel in its important work,” says Michelle Edkins, Chair of the Board for IISD. “I also want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to IISD’s interim co-CEOs, Martha Casey and Nathalie Bernasconi, whose leadership throughout this transition has been invaluable.”

Fuller starts at IISD on February 2, 2024.


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