Meet our Executive Director, Yeb Saño

Page - January 23, 2016
Naderev ‘Yeb’ Madla Saño joined Greenpeace Southeast Asia as Executive Director in January 2016. Yeb leads Greenpeace’s diverse operations across the Southeast Asia region.

Yeb SañoYeb has been working since 1997 on campaigns and programs to combat climate change. He has extensive experience in high-profile positions, both in public office and non-governmental organisations.

He is widely known for his work as Philippines’ Chief Negotiator in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His impassioned speech in Warsaw in 2013 on the effects of climate change following Typhoon Haiyan touched hearts and minds around the world.

Before his stint as Climate Change Commissioner, he served as Director of the Climate Change Program at WWF-Philippines. For more than 14 years, he led local and international strategies to combat climate change, increase biodiversity, protect coastal and marine resources, and improve local governance. He also served as the National Director of the Earth Hour campaign in the Philippines from 2008-2010.

As Spiritual Ambassador for OurVoices, he leads call to people of faith and moral belief across the world to engage on the issue of climate change. He was the Pilgrim Leader of The People’s Pilgrimage, a special journey that highlights communities confronting climate impacts. It culminated in a 1,500 kilometre walk from Rome to Paris from September to December 2015.

Other notable positions include Global Ambassador of the Seize Your Power Campaign, and Ambassador for the Save the Arctic Movement. He also served as a Trustee for the Turtle Conservation Society of the Philippines and an Executive Trustee of the Inclusive Mobility Network of the Philippines. He is also an active individual member of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Yeb holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a technical degree in computer electronics, a graduate diploma degree in community development, and was a Fellow at the Oxford Climate Policy Centre based in Oxford University under the European Capacity Building Initiative.

Yeb is married to Atty. Eunice Agsaoay, an environment, community, and academic lawyer. They have a 12-year-old son, Yanni, and eight-year-old daughter, Amira. He is also an avid scuba diver, soccer player, bird photographer, painter, peace activist, and an advocate for community empowerment.