Sean Southey (Canada)

President, Zamia Media & Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

Sean Southey has over 30 years of experience in the international development and communications field. With a multisectoral background, Sean started his career with five years in the Canadian Ministry of Environment, followed by 12 years working with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) environment team.

His NGO experience was enriched through work with ICLEI (Secretary General) and Rare (Vice-President), and during his 10 years as President of the NGO PCI Media. Over the past decade, he has led the development of over 80 campaigns worldwide, won over 100 awards for impactful campaigns, and reached literally billions of people with life- and planet-saving information.

Sean has extensive experience speaking around the world on the importance of communications and regularly runs creative design, capacity building, and strategy workshops. In 2016, Sean was elected as Chair for the International Union for the Conservation on Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). In this role, he has worked tirelessly to enhance IUCN’s use of creative communications for social change.

Sean is a dual Canadian and South African citizen and has lived, worked, and travelled in over 100 countries. He holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA in economics from the University of British Columbia.