John Scanlon has served as the Secretary-General of CITES since 2010. He has a unique range of experience with environment and sustainable development policy, law and governance at all levels. His work experience has been gained in the private sector, in government, with the United Nations and with international organizations, as a leader, manager, professional adviser and legal practitioner. Some of his previous international experience includes senior appointments with IUCN; the World Commission on Dams, and UNEP and well serving as a legal advisor on environmental projects in Botswana, Guyana, the Russian Federation, and Viet Nam. In Australia, John served as Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs and as an adviser to State and Federal Environment Ministers. He started his career in private legal practice and he was the founding Chair of the Environmental Law Community Advisory Service in his home State. John holds a Bachelor of Laws (1983), Master of Laws (Environmental) (1995), and is an accredited mediator (1996). He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to environmental law nationally and internationally in 2011.