Jeremy Wates

Jeremy Wates has served as Secretary General of the EEB, Europe’s largest federation of environmental organizations, since May 2011. Prior to taking up his present post, he worked for more than a decade as Secretary to the Aarhus Convention with the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. During the 1990s, he led the NGO campaign to persuade governments to start work on a treaty on environmental democracy and then coordinated the input from civil society organizations into the Aarhus negotiations. In the 1980s, Jeremy founded the Irish environmental organization Earthwatch and led the organization for more than a decade, combining his environmental activism with small scale organic farming at his home in West Cork in the south-west of Ireland. He holds an MA Honours Degree in Philosophy and Social & Political Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.  In 2011, Jeremy was awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award.