In his role as the Honorary President of Wetlands International, Raymond C. Offenheiser will support the organisation as a whole by representing them and providing advice and guidance on key policy and strategic issues. In particular, he will guide the organisation’s partnership approach with the development sector in its work connecting wetlands and livelihoods in developing countries. Mr. Offenheiser will participate as an observer in the organisations’ governance structures and play a role in representing the wider Wetlands international family of staff, members and partners.
Mr. Offenheiser, who has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign assistance, and international development. Before joining Oxfam America, he served for five years as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Inter-American Dialogue.
Mr. Offenheiser holds a Masters Degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University and earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.
Raymond C. Offenheiser: "I am delighted to join the Wetlands International's network as Honorary President. I hope to join others within the network seeking to build linkages between our shared concerns for sustainable livelihoods and conservation stewardship. In a world in which we are seeing everyday the limits to growth in ever sharper relief, it is urgent that we create the vision, public support and institutional responses that will deliver appropriate management of global wetlands. I hope that I am able to work with all of you throughout the network who share this vision and want to build Wetlands International into a global institutional force to achieve these goals."
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