Philippe Roch

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"Philippe Roch is a recognised figure in the field of environmental protection and natural preservation, on a local, national and international level. He first served as a municipal councillor in his home commune of Lancy in Geneva, before becoming a member of Geneva Canton's Parliament. He then became a member of WWF's national executive team and CEO of WWF Switzerland. In 1992, he was appointed head of the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, a position he filled for 13 years, representing Switzerland as Secretary of State in international negotiations, serving as chair of several Conventions, and twice as Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Environment Facility (GEF/FEM).

"Today, Mr Roch is a member of the committee on ethics and deontology of the University of Geneva; he collaborates with the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the University of Lausanne. He is a member of the Board of the Fondation Hainard and the Sempach Ornithological Station. He devotes time to research, writing and communication on ecology, philosophy and spiritual questions.

"Philippe Roch is a Swiss citizen and he holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Geneva, and an honorary doctorate in geosciences and the environment from the University of Lausanne." [1]

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  1. Team, Addax and Oryx Foundation, accessed January 24, 2021.