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Juan Marco Alvarez is director of the Economic and Environmental Governance Program at the World Conservation Union International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In this capacity he is in charge of the implementation of the Thematic Areas "Greening the World Economy" and "Naturally Energizing the Future" of the new IUCN 2009-2012 Program. Previously Juan Marco served as the executive director of SalvaNATURA, El Salvador's premier environmental non-profit organization. SalvaNATURA was awarded the National Environmental Prize in 1998, 2003, and 2006. He formed part of the Ministry of the Environment's advisory committee during 1997-1999, its founding years, and was also a member of CONAMA, the strategic advisory committee for the Ministry of the Environment under the Government of President Tony Saca. He is the first Salvadoran to have been elected to the board of directors of the World Conservation Union-IUCN, based in Geneva, Switzerland - the only global environmental organization with a voice in the UN forum - for the period of 2004-2008. Juan Marco has a master's degree on business administration and sustainable development from INCAE, Costa Rica. He is married and has three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.