Gilbert Ludwig new Secretary General of the International Peatland Society



Dr. Gilbert Xavier Ludwig has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the International Peatland Society (IPS) as of 1 January 2019. He will be based at the IPS Secretariat in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Dr. Ludwig holds a PhD and MSc in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of Jyväskylä. He also completed a Diploma in Economics and Business Administration at École Supérieure de Commerce in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. As a Swiss national his mother tongues are German and French, and he is fluent in English. Dr. Ludwig has been living in Finland for 24 years and is also a proficient writer, communicator and negotiator in Finnish.

In recent years, Dr. Ludwig has been working as a specialist and project manager for Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in the area of IT, entrepreneurship and sustainable bio-economy as well as R&D, project management and stakeholder collaboration. He also gained experience of R&D at Bitcomp Oy and of project management at the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

For the IPS he will be providing leadership and help in implementing its Strategy 2016-2020. His appointment will further strengthen

  • internal and external communication,
  • monitoring implementation of actions taken by the Executive Board,
  • planning events and projects in co-operation with the Scientific Advisory Board and Expert Groups,
  • taking financial and budget responsibility, and
  • working with the business and science communities.

Dr. Ludwig was born in 1969 and is married, with two adult children. He can be reached at gilbert.ludwig (at)