Meet the people of the World Environment Center

WEC Board of Directors

WEC Europe Supervisory Board

The WEC Team

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Margaret O'Gorman

President & CEO

Margaret O’Gorman has operated at the intersection of business and nature for over a decade as the president of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), where she supports corporate efforts to align nature-positive goals with ESG and EHS priorities. As the author of Strategic Corporate Conservation Planning (Island Press, 2019) she laid out a road map for the private sector to strategize, implement, measure and recognize its impacts on nature. O’Gorman was the lead designer of WHC’s signature Conservation Certification®, which recognizes corporate biodiversity efforts across the globe using an accessible approach that balances operational pragmatism with corporate ambition.

O’Gorman has consulted with Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Exelon, Chevron, BASF and others to develop strategies and frameworks to integrate biodiversity into business. These strategies have been deployed in companies and along supply chains in 28 countries connecting to larger corporate, social impact and climate goals. She continues to lead WHC’s efforts to support companies seeking to align with frameworks and initiatives like TNFD, SBTN, GRI and others.

Prior to joining WHC, O’Gorman’s work focused on organizational growth and development as a leader and development professional in nature and sustainability focused non-profits, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, New Jersey Future and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Additionally, she led business development for global educational and scientific publishing companies in the U.K. and the U.S.

O’Gorman is a compelling writer and speaker on the need to act for nature. She uses her platform and audience to promote private sector engagement to restore ecosystems, build climate resilience and connect communities. O’Gorman is an advocate for ambitious, practical and science-based action and especially for connecting the various emerging nature-based frameworks to real change that will improve the health and well-being of our planet and people.

She is a member of the trinational Biodiversity and Climate Change Assessment Guidance Committee, and has served as a committee member for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s efforts on Mainstreaming Biodiversity on a variety of other committees, commissions and initiatives to provide the private sector perspective.

O’Gorman holds a BSc in geology and geophysics from University College Ireland, Galway and a Masters in Micropaleontology from the University of Southampton, U.K.

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Frank Werner

Director WEC Europe e.V.

Frank Werner has led the European office of WEC since January 2008. Amongst other responsibilities, hefacilitates an information exchange on sustainability issues among Vice Presidents of multinational companies and advises them on how to create value for both their company and society. In addition, he is responsible for further developing WEC’s Capacity Building Program to support member companies that implement sustainability strategies across their business and value chains. In this function Frank also oversees projects that include Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and aim at increasing their sustainability performance.

Prior to his current position at the WEC, Frank worked in the field of Corporate Responsibility for eight years. He advised multinational companies on all aspects of sustainability reporting (with Akzente Kommunikation und Beratung, Munich, Germany) and earlier evaluated the sustainability performance of more than 100 global players as a sustainability analyst (with Oekom Research, Munich, Germany).

Frank received his diploma in Geography (equiv. to Masters) from the University of Heidelberg in 1996, where he also studied Political Science and Public Law. During his academic education he spent one year at York University (Toronto, Canada) and later on worked as a scientific researcher on sustainable water management in Chile. In addition to his native German he speaks English and Spanish as well as basic French. He is the author of several publications in the fields of sustainable water management, environmental business strategies and sustainability reporting.

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Christian Izquierdo Cruz

Technical Director

Mr. Izquierdo has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (Instituto Politecnico Nacional) in Mexico City. He has twenty years of professional experience focused on applying business development, facilitation and training, project management, and technical assistance to resolve business, sustainability, energy and environmental challenges. He has participated in clean production audits (+200) as an environment, water, process and, energy specialist in various industrial & service sectors including, oil & gas, foods & beverage, hotels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, among other industrial sectors & subsectors (+10).

He has designed and implemented projects with international experts from Germany, the US, Canada, North Africa, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and Central America in a wide variety of industrial, service, and governmental sectors. As a consultant, he has provided consulting services for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Environment Center (WEC), United States Department of State (US DoS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Trade and Development (UNTAD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Institute for Sustainability (IFS), International Lead Management Center, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PA Consulting, Tetra Tech ENE and various National Cleaner Production Centers from the Middle East, North Africa, Central, and South America, among others.

He has published various articles (+20) and technical guides in National and International renamed publications like the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences; the Journal of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy and the Industry and Environment Review. As an expert, he has participated as a presenter in conferences (+30) in various countries of Latin America, Morocco, and Jordan.