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Our Experts

At Conservation International, we are proud to have some of the leading minds in natural and social science, policy, finance and business​ ​working together to design solutions that will improve people’s lives through the care and protection of nature. Their insights are helping societies develop and thrive in a more sustainable, equitable way.

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Peter Seligmann

Chairman of the Board

Peter Seligmann has a vision and a mission. The vision is an environmentally healthy world that wil​l provide economic opportunities and security for all peo​​​ple.​​​​​

M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life, serves as Conservation International’s chief executive officer.

Jennifer Morris

President

Jennifer Morris became President of Conservation International in 2017. She leads the more than 1,000 scientists, policy experts and passionate conservation professionals in 27 countries worldwide working to achieve the organization’s mission of protecting nature for the well-being of humanity.

Sebastian Troëng, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Dr. Sebastian Troëng leads the delivery of conservation solutions across Conservation International’s field programs. This work spans 27 countries and the world’s oceans and is supported by more than 600 staff in the Africa Field Division, Americas Field Division, Asia-Pacific Field Division and the Center for Oceans.

Johan Rockström, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Johan Rockström is Chief Scientist at Conservation International. He also serves as co-director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, one of Europe’s leading centers for climate change and sustainability research.

Kristine Zeigler

Chief Development Officer

Kristine Zeigler has spent the past 20 years as a professional fundraiser, finding the necessary financial resources to safeguard animals and nature. As Conservation International’s Chief Development Officer, Zeigler provides the overall direction and leadership for the organization’s philanthropic strategy.

Richard Jeo, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific Field Division

Dr. Richard Jeo directs Conservation International’s work in the Asia-Pacific region, overseeing strategies and outcomes in 13 countries. He guides the organization’s role in international and regional networks, as well as partnerships with both the private and public sectors to achieve the best outcomes for people and nature.

Agustin Silvani

Senior Vice President, Conservation Finance

Agustin Silvani heads Conservation International’s Conservation Finance Division (CFD), which is dedicated to the development and financing of pioneering solutions for lasting change in environmental conservation.

Aulani Wilhelm

Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans

For over two decades, Aulani Wilhelm has worked to protect the ocean and the resources it provides. As the senior vice president of the Conservation International Center for Oceans she will build on her past successes, helping to lead the designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and founding the Big Ocean Network, to protect the marine resources that people rely on for food, livelihoods and culture.

Hank Cauley

Senior Vice President, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

​Hank Cauley leads Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, which works across a range of industries to create and implement sustainable business practices that deliver benefits for local people, for the environment and for the bottom line.

James Roth

Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Government Relations

James Roth is Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Government Relations, overseeing Conservation International’s U.S. Government Relations and International Policy teams, as well as its Distinguished Fellows Program.

Kristen Walker Painemilla

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, The Center for Environment and Peace

​Kristen Walker Painemilla is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Policy Center for Environment and Peace at Conservation International. Kristen leads Conservation International's efforts on social and environmental governance. Her work enables Conservation International to influence global conservation priorities, policies and public funding that target major international, regional and national policy development processes to amplify Conservation International's work and improve well-being for people worldwide.

Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Moore Center for Science

​Dr. Michael B. Mascia leads Conservation International’s social science research and capacity-building efforts, in order to build a foundation for the next generation of conservation science and policy.

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka

Senior Vice President, Africa Field Division

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka is Senior Vice President for the Africa Field Division at Conservation International. In this role, he is leading a refreshed Conservation International Africa strategy focused on sustaining the nature that Africans rely on to thrive, building on Conservation International’s successes across Africa, and leveraging the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) to drive a new sustainable development paradigm across the continent.

Olivier Langrand

Executive Director, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Olivier Langrand leads the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a multi-donor fund dedicated to protecting biodiversity hotspots — the planet’s most biologically diverse yet threatened areas — through the support of civil society organizations. Conservation International is one of CEPF’s global donors and hosts the CEPF Secretariat at its headquarters.

Will Turner, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Global Strategies

Dr. Will Turner’s interests focus on integrating our knowledge of biodiversity, climate change and socioeconomics to safeguard biodiversity and support the billions who depend on it.

Bambi Semroc

Vice President, Sustainable Markets and Strategy, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

​Bambi Semroc is the Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy for Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. In this role, she leads the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, an industry-wide effort led by Conservation International to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world.

Dave Hole, Ph.D.

Vice President, Global Solutions, Moore Center for Science

​Dr. Dave Hole’s interests focus on understanding the role that ecosystems, and the biodiversity that underpins them, play in supporting pathways to sustainable global development.

Herbert Lust

Vice President, Global Public Partnerships; Vice President and Managing Director, Conservation International Europe

Herbert Lust is Vice President of Global Public Partnerships and Vice President and Managing Director of Conservation International Europe. Since September 2015, he has led government engagement and corporate partnerships in Europe.