Dr. Frank Hawkins


Chief Executive Officer

Frank is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with many years of experience working with governments, civil society and local communities in Africa and around the world.

Prior to joining IUCN-US (and the IUCN Washington D.C. Office as Director), Frank was Senior Vice-President at Conservation International (CI). In addition to leading CI’s programme in Africa and Madagascar, he worked closely on green economy policy and land-use planning issues, emphasizing the value of nature as the basis for sustainable development, particularly in Liberia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and South Africa. He has collaborated with the US government and US-based institutions on a range of policy issues based on that field experience, including links between economic growth and natural resource use, mechanisms for promoting green investment, and multi-stakeholder engagement processes. He has organized events to highlight the potential for public-private partnerships to deliver nature-based development.