General Director of World Wildlife Fund, Mexico
Omar Vidal has more than three decades of national and international experience on conservation and sustainable development. Previous to his work at WWF, he worked for the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the UN Forum on Forests, universities and NGOs in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has conducted research in Mexico and the Amazon River, and has published more than 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from marine mammals and monarch butterflies to sustainable development. At UNEP´s headquarters (Kenya), he worked on global marine issues, and was Deputy Coordinator of UNEP´s Global Program of Action on Land-based Activities (The Netherlands). In mid-2001, based in Bahrain, he worked with UNEP and governments on freshwater/marine issues in the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden and the Persian Gulf. Returning to Mexico in 2002, he developed major GEF multi-country proposals for UNEP, and since 2003, he leads WWF in Mexico. He has studies in marine biology, a degree in biochemistry engineering and a master´s in marine sciences. Omar has both Colombian and Mexican nationalities. He lives in Mexico with his wife Patricia and is the proud father of two children, Pía, and Omar Jr. The family currently takes care of three dogs, several birds and numerous plants.