Yolanda Kakabadse served as Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador from 1998 until 2000. Ms. Kakabadse was the NGO Liaison Officer for the United Nations Conference for Environment and Development (the Rio Earth Summit) in 1992, coordinating the participation of civil society organizations in the conference. Former President of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) (1996 – 2004).

In 1979 she was appointed Executive Director of Fundacion Natura in Quito, where she worked until 1990. In 1993 she founded Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano, and served as Executive President until 2007 and is now its Senior Adviser. She chaired the Scientific and Technology Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP / GEF) from 2005 to 2008.

Ms. Kakabadse served as President of WWF International from January 2010—December 2017.