Thomas Vellacott is CEO of WWF Switzerland, a position he has held since 2012. He holds degrees in Arabic and Islamic studies from Durham, in International Relations from Cambridge and in Business Administration from IMD. Before joining WWF, Thomas worked in private banking for Citibank and as consultant and engagement manager for McKinsey & Co. At WWF Switzerland, Thomas built up partnerships with the private sector and subsequently took on the role of Programme Director, responsible for national and international nature conservation. WWF Switzerland has 290,000 supporters and forms part of WWF’s global network. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.