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His Excellency
Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach
Secretary-General of the WNO

WNO Secretary-General

Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach took office as the World Nature Organization’s first Secretary General on 1st May, 2014.

From the very beginning, he worked as Special envoy and Director of International Cooperation for the Preparatory Commission of the World Nature Organization. He became deputy head (2012) of the Preparatory Commission, and was designated as head of the Commission on 1st of April 2014.

Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach has previously worked in the development cooperation and served as special advisor for agriculture for African governments. Furthermore, he held numerous leading positions in several organizations throughout his career. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Public Broadcasting Corporation of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Previously, he was president of a European consumer association in Berlin, Germany, which was accredited to the German Parliament (Bundestag); he was also president of the German Specialized Press Association (DFJV) in Berlin. The DFJV is the largest association of specialized journalists in Europe, with more than 7.500 members. He was a member of the German liberal party (FDP).

Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach worked for several years in Germany, Italy and the Dominican Republic. He now lives in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He studied marketing in Munich (Germany) and gained experience in the field of work for international organizations, as well as being a governmental advisor.

Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach is married to Dorothea Wurmbrand-Stuppach. The family of Wurmbrand-Stuppach has a long history of more than 800 years; the Counts were highly decorated diplomats and advisors to the Habsburg Emperors. The county of Wurmbrand-Stuppach was temporarily raised to a Principality in 1607, and was made an Imperial County in 1701. It was mediatized to Austria in 1806.

In his spare time, Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach is a passionate conservationist. He also enjoys cycling and hiking with his dogs. He is interested in history and archeology, as well as classic music and contemporary culture.