Swati Hingorani

IUCN

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Swati works at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where she facilitates the participation of governments in the global restoration target, the Bonn Challenge, supports the development of the Global Mangrove Alliance and supports IUCN’s presence at global climate and biodiversity negotiations. Alongside, she volunteers with the WILD Foundation, leading the development and implementation of their India programme. In her previous role at the Wildlife Conservation Trust in India, she designed and managed donor-funded projects on biodiversity protection and community development and facilitated inter-governmental consultations on trans-boundary ecosystems. A Fulbright fellow, Swati has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She was the Assistant Editor of Sanctuary Asia for five years, where she piloted an India-Pakistan initiative to declare the Siachen Glacier a trans-boundary peace park and managed a series of national-level roundtables on tiger conservation. In 2011, she was selected to participate in the International Antarctic Expedition with Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both poles. The experience inspired her to co-found a global initiative to involve young people in Antarctic conservation. She represented India as a youth delegate at the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations and organised the first South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change to involve youth from the global south in climate policy.