Tree-spotted valley during a sunset, orange and pink sky.
South Africa's Karoo region, part of the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot.
© Wilderness Foundation/image by Chris Marais

CEPF is governed by senior representatives from our major donor organizations. The Donor Council approves priority areas and strategies for investment, and provides strategic guidance. (See the complete list of the Donor Council's responsibilities.)

The Donor Council typically meets twice a year, and also approves documents and actions electronically as needed. Find Donor Council meeting and electronic review documents here

The chairperson is elected by the Donor Council from candidates proposed by Donor Council members. The chairperson is independent of any of the global donors and can serve for a three-year term, renewable once.

Donor Council


Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Donor Council Members

Valerie Hickey
Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy
The World Bank

Gilles Kleitz
Executive Director
Sustainable Development Solutions
L'Agence Française de Développement

Chantal Marijnissen
Head of Unit, Environment, Sustainable Natural Resources
Directorate-General for International Partnerships
European Commission

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez
CEO and Chairperson
The Global Environment Facility

M. Sanjayan
Conservation International

Astrid Schomaker
Director, Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism
Directorate-General for Environment
European Commission

Ikuko Shirota
Director for Climate Change and Environmental Issues, International Bureau
Ministry of Finance
Government of Japan