Clare Shine

Vice President of the Salzburg Global Seminar

Clare Shine is the Vice President and Chief Programme Officer of Salzburg Global Seminar, an international strategic convening organisation created in 1947 to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. She leads Salzburg Global’s multi-year programmes and regional outreach, as well as ongoing engagement with the Salzburg Global Fellowship in 160 countries. Current programme priorities are human transformation, urban transformation and conflict transformation, building on Salzburg Global’s core values of imagination, sustainability and justice. Clare’s career has spanned environmental law, business, the arts and social innovation. She is a UK-qualified barrister with over 20 years’ specialization on global challenges, working with inter-governmental organisations, national governments, the private sector and NGOs. A bilingual French and English speaker and professional facilitator, Clare Shine is an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. Her work and publications have focused on biodiversity, climate and water issues, international trade, governance, transboundary cooperation and conflict prevention, including capacity-building projects across four continents and the Mediterranean Basin. Clare has played an influential role in biosecurity policy development, working as legal adviser to the World Bank, European Commission and Council of Europe. She co-authored the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species endorsed by 43 countries and advised the EC on implementing the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources. Clare Shine has been a regular freelance contributor to the Financial Times arts section since 2003. She began her career in industry after studying literature at Oxford University and holds post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris.


  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: TEEB for National and International Policy-Makers (UNEP 2010).
  • IEEP, Ecologic and GHK (2012): Study to analyse legal and economic aspects of implementing the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in the European Union. Final report for the European Commission, DG Environment. Institute for European Environmental Policy, Brussels and London, April 2012.
  • Shine, C./Kettunen, M./Genovesi, P./Essl, F./Gollasch, S./Rabitsch, W./Scalera, R./Starfinger, U./ten Brink, P. (2010): Assessment to support continued development of the EU Strategy to combat invasive alien species. Final Report for the European Commission. Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Brussels, Belgium.
  • Kettunen, M./Genovesi, P./Gollasch, S./Pagad, S./Starfinger, U./ten Brink, P./Shine, C. (2008): Technical support to EU strategy on invasive species (IAS) – Assessment of the impacts of IAS in Europe and the EU (final module report for the European Commission). Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Brussels, Belgium. 44 pp. + Annexes.
  • Shine, Claire/de Klemm, Cyrille (1999): Wetlands, Water and the Law. Using law to advance wetland conservation and wise use. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, Cambridge, UK and Bonn, Germany. xvi + 330 pp.



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