Lydia Slobodian is founder and director of Serova, an organization which strives to identify and implement policy levers for transformational planetary change.

Prior to Serova, Professor Slobodian worked as Senior Legal Officer for IUCN, where she engaged with international processes under the Convention on Biological Diversity, Framework Convention on Climate Change, World Heritage Convention, Convention on Migratory Species and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and led the IUCN delegation to the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.

Professor Slobodian has supported development of national and international policy related to protected areas, wildlife, marine conservation, forest landscape restoration and access and benefit sharing in relation to genetic resources. She publishes on a wide range of topics including virtual water, illegal wildlife trade, synthetic biology, mangrove governance, conservation finance, legal effectiveness and intergenerational equity.

Professor Slobodian is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.