Speaker's Profile

Yuri Badenkov


Yuri Badenkov is a leading scientist in the field of sustainable mountain development and adaptation strategies for global change, with experience working in North Eurasia, Central Asia, North and South Caucasus and the Sudet Mountains in Poland. From 1983 - 2013 he was head of the Mountain Group MAB-6 at the Russian Academy of Science Institute of Geography. He has contributed to UNESCO’s work on sustainable mountain development, and the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), working to preserve mountain biosphere reserves. He received a medal of honour from the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO affairs for his contribution in promoting Russian cooperation with UNESCO. He holds a degree in Geology from the University of Moscow and a degree in Geochemistry from the University of St. Petersburg.