Our Staff

Conservation International is a global team of more than 1,600 employees spread across over 30 countries. More than 95 percent of our staff are native to the countries in which they work.

 

© Georgina Goodwin

M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Julius Court
Chief Operating Officer

 

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Patricia Zurita
Chief Strategy Officer

 

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Daniela Raik, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Field Programs

 

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Sebastian Troeng, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Conservation Partnerships

 

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Melanie Janin
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

 

© Sally Lehnhardt

Sally Lehnhardt
Chief Information and Technology Officer

 

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Rick Nash
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

 

© Jeanne-Marie Ryan

Jeanne-Marie Ryan
Chief People Officer

 

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Kelvin Alie
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Delivery and Field Partnerships

 

© Nicholas Karlin

Lina Barrera
Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs

 

© Rachel Biderman

Rachel Biderman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Field Officer, Americas

 

© Muhammad Fadli

Meizani Irmadhiany
Senior Vice President & Executive Chair of Konservasi Indonesia

 

© Richard Jeo

Richard Jeo, Ph.D.
Chief Field Officer, Asia-Pacific

 

© Nicholas Karlin

Olivier Langrand
Executive Director, CEPF, SVP CI

 

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Herbert Lust
Senior Vice President, Global Public Partnerships and Managing Director, Europe

 

© Nicholas Karlin

Bambi Semroc
Senior Vice President, Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters

 

© Cynthia Tapley

Cynthia Tapley
Chief Development Officer

 

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Will Turner, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Natural Climate Solutions

 

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Kristen Walker Painemilla
Managing Director, Senior Vice President of Center for Communities and Conservation

 

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Stephanie Wear, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Moore Center for Science

 

Executive Leadership

Office of the CEO

M Sanjayan
Chief Operating Officer

Elise Larken
Chief of Staff

 

Office of the COO

Julius Court
Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Probst
Vice President, Global Operations Strategy and Policies

 

Strategy

Patricia Zurita
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice-President of Global Programs

Jos Williams
Vice President, Finance and Operations

 

Field Programs

Daniela Raik, Ph.D. 
Executive Vice President

Kelvin Alie
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Delivery and Field Partnerships

Kavita Chambery 
Vice President, Project Delivery and Monitoring

 

Americas Field Division

Rachel Biderman
Senior Vice President, Americas

Lisa Famolare 
Deputy Officer & Vice President Nature for Climate

Marco Quesada
Vice President, Oceans, Americas Field Division

Fabio Arjona 
Vice President, Conservation International-Colombia

Luis Suarez 
Vice President, Conservation International-Ecuador

Luis Espinel 
Vice President, Conservation International-Peru

Mauricio Bianco 
Vice President, Conservation International-Brazil

Eduardo Forno 
Executive Director, Conservation International-Bolivia

Curtis Bernard 
Executive Director, Conservation International-Guyana

Ana Gloria Guzman Mora
Executive Director, Conservation International-Costa Rica

Leticia Gutierrez
Vice President, Conservation International-Mexico

Gina Griffith
Executive Director, Conservation International-Suriname

 

Africa Field Division

Julia Levin
Vice President, Conservation International-South Africa

Peter Mulbah
Country Director, Conservation International-Liberia

Ruud Jansen
Country Director, Conservation International-Botswana

Bruno Rajaspera
Country Director, Conservation International-Madagascar

 

Asia-Pacific Field Division

Richard Jeo, Ph.D. 
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific

Meizani Irmadhiany
Senior Vice President & Executive Chair of Konservasi Indonesia

Robert Baigrie
Vice President, Climate Finance

Debby Ferdiany
Vice President, Operations, Asia-Pacific Field Division

Jan Yoshioka
Vice President, Sustainable Finance, Asia-Pacific

Ketut Putra
Asia Transboundary Oceans Senior Advisor

Mark Erdmann
Vice President, Marine Asia-Pacific

Susana Waqainabete-Tuisese 
Senior Director, Pacific Region

Amelia Juhl
Country Director, Japan

Xiaohai Liu 
Executive Director, Conservation International-China

Mere Takoko
Vice President, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Virginia Simpson
Senior Country Manager, Australia

Mere Lakeba
Country Director, Fiji

Geraldine Chin
Country Director, Singapore

Wilson John Barbon
Acting Country Director, The Philippines

Manuel Mendes 
Country Director, Timor-Leste

Tarita Holm
Conservation Partnership Director, Palau

Sony Oum
Country Director, Cambodia

 

Centers for Excellence

The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science

Johan Rockström, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist

Stephanie Wear, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President

David Hole
Vice President, Global Solutions

 

Center for Natural Climate Solutions

Will Turner, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President

Bronson Griscom
Vice President, Natural Climate Solutions

Jen Howard
Vice President, Blue Carbon Program

John Lotspeich
Vice President, Global Restoration Program

Emily Nyrop
Vice President, Climate Change

Guy Pinjuv
Senior Technical Advisor

 

Center for Oceans

Ashleigh McGovern
Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans

Laure Katz
Vice President, Blue Nature

Jack Kittinger
Vice President, Global Fisheries & Aquaculture Program

Emily Pidgeon
Vice President, Ocean Science and Innovation

 

Center for Sustainable Lands + Waters

Bambi Semroc
Senior Vice President

John Buchanan
Vice President, Sustainable Production

Scott Henderson
Vice President, Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes

 

Community-Led Solutions Partnership

Kristen Walker Painemilla
Senior Vice President and Managing Director

Luis Barquin
Vice President, Communities and Innovation

 

Global Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Center

Francisco Souza
Senior Vice President, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

 

Conservation Finance Division

Chris Stone 
Vice President, Long-Term Finance

Romas Garbaliauskas
Vice President, Conservation Finance Innovation and Replication

Chris Zink
Vice President, Carbon Finance

Bjorn Stauch
Vice President, Conservation Finance

Judith Reyes
Vice President, CFD Legal

 

Global Policy and Government Affairs

Lina Barrera
Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs

Pasha Majdi
Vice President, US Government Policy and Strategy

 

Global Support

Brand + Communications

Melanie Janin
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Jenny Parker 
Vice President, Global Communications

Melina Formisano
Vice President, Brand Marketing

Kelly Thalman
Vice President, Strategic Engagements

 

CI People Operations

Jeanne-Marie Ryan
Chief People Officer

Francesca Cantarella
Vice President, Global Total Rewards and HRIS

Wanjiru Gathira 
Vice President, Global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

 

Conservation Partnerships

Sebastian Troëng, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

 

Brand Partnerships

Jamie Cross
Vice President

 

Global Information Technology

Sally Lehnhardt
Chief Information and Technology Officer

Brian Freed
Vice President

 

General Counsel's Office

Rick Nash
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Patricia Petty
Vice President and Chief Privacy / Data Ethics Officer

Jennifer Probst
Vice President, Global Operations Strategy and Policies

 

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

Olivier Langrand 
Senior Vice President

 

Development

Cynthia Tapley
Chief Development Officer

Erin Carmany
Vice President, Development & Campaign Director

Cynthia McKee
Principal Gift Officer, Major Gifts

Julia Upham
Vice President, Individual Giving

 

Europe and Global Public Partnerships

Herbert Lust 
Senior Vice President

Jonathan Hall
Vice President, CI United Kingdom

Naomi Kingston
Vice President, European Partnerships and Strategy

 

Global Environment Facility Project Agency and Green Climate Fund Implementing Agency

Orissa Samaroo
Vice President, GEF Policy and Portfolio Management

Free de Koning
Vice President, Project Development and Impact

Steve Panfil
Vice President, CI-GCF Agency

 

Finance, Award Management + Grants and Contracts

Barbara DiPietro 
Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Mangkonkarn
Controller, Vice President

Matthew Wooliever
Vice President, Financial Information Management and Services

Lea Blubaugh
Vice President, External Grants and Contracts Unit