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      “The environmental issues the world faces require a special class of leaders:
      Innovative thinkers who can apply their unique aptitudes, experiences and passions to help change the world and carve a new path to sustainability. I am pleased to establish the Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship Program at Conservation International, alongside Melani and Rob Walton, to embolden Conservation International’s efforts to provide the sustainability solutions our global community seeks.”

      — Yvonne Lui

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        “With the world population projected to reach 9 billion in the next forty years, doubling our demand for food, water and energy, we must nurture ingenuity, initiative and talent to ensure these vital natural resources and the services they provide are protected. Melani and I are delighted to join Yvonne in welcoming the first class of Lui-Walton Innovator Fellows to CI. This group's skills and ideas will have a lasting impact on our ability to solve the conservation challenges of today and tomorrow.”

        — Rob Walton

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        Overview

        ​​​At Conservation International we believe that investing in talen​t is fundamental to our mission and key to providing sustainable solutions. In that spirit, we are proud to launch the Lui-Walton Innovators program and invite our first class of conservation fellows — academics, sc​ientists, public and private sector leaders, indepen​dent scholars and policy analysts — that will offer dynamic and unconventional approaches to address existing barriers to sustainability and contribute to a shift in how nature is valued. These fellowships will provide unparalleled opportunities for intensive focus and achievement at the intersection of climate, conservation, business and technology.

        By engaging recognized leaders – Distinguished and Senior Fellows – and emerging talent – Fellows – the program offers ​an unmatched opportunity to provide fresh thinking and extensive leadership to CI’s work around the world. In a collaborative conservation environment, Distinguished and ​Senior Fellows serve as leaders throughout a two-year program, during wh​ich time all participants work alongside CI's program and field staff to address global conservation challenges. By strategically combining the skills and knowledge of both groups, the Lui-Walton fellows are able to expand the breadth of their skills, gain valuable experience in their fields, and find innovative solutions together with CI p​rogram staff and local partners.

        The Lui-Walton fellowship is distinguished by four ​​key areas of opportunity: travel, access to resources, professional development and direct participation in CI programs. Through this fellowship, innovative leaders have the chance to work with CI to tackle critical conservation challenges in priority areas around the world.​


        Distinguished Fellows​​

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        Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, she brought together governments, corporations, fnancial institutions, communities of faith, technology providers, NGOs and activists to jointly deliver the historic Paris Climate Agreement, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the U.N. In addition to her role as a Distinguished Fellow at CI, Figueres is Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Missions2020 Convener.
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        Senior Fellow
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        Carlos Manuel Rodriguez is a former Minister of Environment and Energy for the Republic of Costa Rica, and a pioneer in the development of payment for ecosystem services. In his role as a Lui-Walton Innovator Fellow, he is advancing a highly focused international policy strategy that clearly defnes the importance of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management and climate change mitigation in promoting human well-being. As a skilled policy leader and negotiator, the focus of his fellowship will be in raising awareness as well as the importance of this strategy among leading global decision makers.

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        Strategic Partnership with Finance and Corporate Sector
        Robert Baigrie is based in Singapore and is focused on engaging with the corporate and fnance sectors in promotion of innovative, landscape-scale solutions to distinct problems caused by human pressure on landscapes. His initial work is specifc to the Asia Pacifc region, particularly Indonesia, and it involves efforts to partner directly with companies to promote sustainable fnance mechanisms and critical practices such as responsible sourcing and sustainable production. Robert brings 16 years of experience as a leader in the alternative investment sector, and he most recently served as Citibank‘s Head of Capital Consulting Services in Asia Pacifc.

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        Sustainable Fisheries, The Americas
        Mauricio Castrejón specializes in the social-ecological assessment of small-scale fisheries in marine protected areas, with a particular focus on the impact of diverse human and climatic drivers in the co-management of small-scale shellfisheries in Latin America. Based in the Galápagos, Castrejón is collaborating with CI’s Center for Oceans and the Americas Field Division marine community in the development and implementation of a “coastal fisheries recovery model.” Mauricio was formerly with World Wildlife Fund and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

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        Research & Innovation, Asia-Pacific
        Lian Pin Koh, a distinguished Professor of Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of Adelaide in Australia, is a pioneer in the use of low-cost drone technology for environmental applications. The focus of his fellowship is fostering and coalescing meaningful engagement among the environmental NGO sector and key academic institutions to advance conservation science, as well as introducing cutting-edge technologies into the conservation arena.

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        Primary Forests, Global
        Cyril Kormos, a Vice-President for Policy at the WILD Foundation and Chair of the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network, is renowned for his work on primary forest conservation and wilderness law and policy. Kormos’ fellowship is focused on demonstrating the value of primary tropical forest conservation by providing research, access to the most current data, and identifcation of policy options that emphasize the essential role of primary tropical forests and the unique benefts they provide in global climate mitigation.

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        Priority Setting, Global
        Rachel Neugarten’s fellowship is dedicated to developing, testing and disseminating methods for mapping important areas for biodiversity and ecosystem services to help ensure countries, development banks and conservation organizations are investing scarce conservation resources in the places where they can have the greatest impact. She is specifcally focused on providing and discerning data that informs critical issues such as biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, and freshwater and food security, through remote sensing, ecosystem service modeling and spatial analyses.

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        Wildlife Trafficking, Africa
        Keith Roberts is a leader in working broadly within the international community to drive legislative and on-the-ground efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade. Roberts spent the last three decades as a Game Warden, Protected Area Manager and advisor to governments and NGOs on anti-poaching, community development and protected area management efforts. Based out of Kenya, Roberts’ fellowship focus is on strategic engagement with partners at all levels to engender a deeper understanding of the role poverty plays a key contributor to poaching as well as how best to mitigate its impacts.

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        Sustainable Landscapes & Agriculture, The Americas-Brazil
        Marcel Viergever’s fellowship is centered on creating a sustainable agricultural strategy that incorporates conservation in productive landscapes, and identifying the actions and partners to make it operational throughout Amazonia and other regions in Brazil. In particular, he is focusing on the development of projects related to sustainable soy and palm oil. With more than three decades of experience, Marcel brings a wealth of experience in institutional analysis, participatory approaches, indigenous land management, as well as local development and sustainable livelihood approaches.

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        Ideal Fellows are:

        • Passionate, innovative leaders who continually seek and deliver on key challenges in their field.
        • Strong relationship builders able to work with all levels of leadership in organizations and communities.
        • Team players willing to use their strengths and to contribute immediately.
        • Lifelong learners excited about the opportunity to strengthen skills, gain valuable feedback and make a difference in the conservation movement.

        Please check the specific requirements under each Fellowship position to determine eligibility requirements.

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        • Two year, full time position
        • Annual salary plus paid vacation
        • Competitive benefits package including comprehensive health and wellness plan
        • Fellowship-sponsored professional development trainings focused on innovation, communication, leadership and conservation
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        • Opportunities to network and collaborate with other CI fellows through our cohort program and alumni network
        • Opportunities to establish valuable, lasting connections with CI staff and other leaders in the conservation field
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        *​CI offers a competitive and comprehensive health & wellness package.

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        For questions, please contact:
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          C​andidates must subm​it the following materi​als:

          • Three reference letters from either a department head or other colleague officially referring the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research;
          • The candidate’s curriculum vitae ​(including a list of the candidates scientific publications;
          • Two representative articles by the candidate (optional);
          • A brief (one-page) statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and reason for applying to be a Lui-Walton Innovators Fellow.

          In keeping with the CI’s longstanding support of underrepresented minorities in the sciences, we strongly encourage qualified women and minority candidates to ​apply.

          Materials are submitted electronically through Taleo.com. Nominations a​re reviewed and candidates selected by committee. Fellows are selected on the basis of their accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions in their field.

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