SSC Leadership and Steering Committee

The governance structure of the SSC must be re-constituted every four years, as per the IUCN Statutes.

SSC is governed by a Steering Committee, which is headed by the Commission Chair. The Steering Committee represents a balance of regional and thematic perspectives, and provides overall direction to the work of the Commission.

The SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, can establish various SSC Sub-Committees and Task Forces.The Chairs of these Sub-Committees or Task Forces are often members of the SSC Steering Committee.

The SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, must appoint Chairs for the various SSC Specialist Groups at the beginning of each Quadrennium. Specialist Group Chairs are then mandated by the SSC Chair to appoint group members.  


Jon Paul RodríguezSSC Chair  Dr Jon Paul Rodríguez

Jon Paul Rodríguez is Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas ― IVIC), and he is a founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President (2001-2008, 2013-present) of Provita (a Venezuelan conservation NGO established in 1987). His undergraduate degree in biology is from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas (1991). He was then awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University (1999).  More 

SSC Deputy Chair:  Ms Domitilla Raimondo

Members of the SSC Steering Committee 2017-2020
Prof Luigi Boitani Dr Vololoniaina Jeannoda
Dr Onnie Byers Ms Olga Krever
Dr Claudio Campagna Dr Mirza Kusrini
Prof Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath Dr Fred Launay
Dr Rosie Cooney Dr Gabriela Lichtenstein
Prof John Donaldson Mr Vivek Menon
Mr Ehab Eid Dr Russ Mittermeier
Dr Dmitry Geltman Dr Greg Mueller
Dr Piero Genovesi Ms Nunia Thomas
Dr Brahim Haddane Dr Pricelia Tumenta
Dr Axel Hochkirch Prof Amanda Vincent
Mr Mike Hoffmann* Dr Yan Xie
Institutional Observers  
Birdlife International - Dr Stuart Butchart  
Conservation International - Mr Will Turner  
Global Wildlife Conservation - Prof Wes Sechrest  
TRAFFIC - Mr Steve Broad  
Wildlife Conservation Society - Dr Elizabeth Bennet  
WWF - Wendy Elliot  
Zoological Society of London - Mr Mike Hoffmann*  
IUCN Secretariat  
Dr Jane Smart, Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group  
Dr Richard Jenkins, Deputy Director Global Species Programme  
Dr Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director Global Species and KBA Programme  
Dr Tom Brooks, Head Science & Knowledge Unit  
SSC Staff members  
Ms Rachel Hoffmann Ms Bibiana Sucre  
Ms Kira Mileham    

* Is both a member and an institutional observer 

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