Earth3000 Founder and President Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser

maritta-koch-weserMaritta Koch-Weser has a distinguished career spanning four decades in international development, as anthropologist, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur.

She has field experience in Latin America, South & East Asia, parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Koch-Weser worked as social scientist in leading managerial positions for some 20 years at the World Bank, in Washington DC., and subsequently as Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union. Maritta Koch-Weser is Founder and President of Earth3000, a non-profit organization supporting strategic innovations in governance for environment and development ( Since 2009, she leads a program on contemporary Amazonia at the Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Sao Paulo/USP in Brazil, including today the Amazonia 4.0 and Rainforest Business School program, and advisory work for the start-up of the Amazonia Institute of Technology.

She is member of Supervisory and Advisory Boards of several leading international environmental NGOs, and President of World Heritage Watch, an international platform for the Conservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites worldwide.

She holds a Doctorate from Bonn and Cologne Universities, Germany, and an honorable Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, UK.