Ester Asin Martinez took the position of Director for WWF’s European Policy Office (EPO) on 1 October 2018.
A lawyer and political scientist by education, and an experienced advocate, Ester has been working for civil society organisations leading their engagement with the EU for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining WWF, Ester worked with a number of global and regional NGOs – Save the Children, CARE International, CONCORD – in leadership, advocacy and resource mobilisation roles. As part of her work on development, humanitarian matters, migration and human rights, Ester successfully advocated for increasing EU humanitarian funding and led NGOs coalitions to better protect the rights of migrant children. She has worked for the European Commission in West Africa, and started her career in Brussels with the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC).
Ester is an elected Board member of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. She was a Board member of VOICE, the Humanitarian NGO network. She has also acted as the rotating chair of the Green 10, the informal network of environment NGOs. She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the French think tank IDDRI.
Ester is a Spanish national. She holds degrees in Spanish Law, a DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in EU Law from Rennes University (France), and an M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).