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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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Jessica Donovan-Allen

Senior Director, Conservation International-Liberia

Jessica Donovan-Allen leads Conservation International’s work in Liberia, home to some of West Africa’s last intact forests. Jessica manages private sector engagement, conservation incentives for local communities, protected area and community forest planning and management, and capacity development, among other responsibilities.

John Buchanan

Vice President, Sustainable Production, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

John Buchanan has held several different roles at Conservation International, focusing mainly on food and agriculture. John is currently focusing on development and implementation of sustainable agriculture and supply chain initiatives.

Ketut Putra

Vice President, Conservation International-Indonesia

​Ketut Putra works to maintain partnerships with NGOs, governments and members of the private sector that support Conservation International’s conservation mission, and has high hopes for the natural world.​

Lisa Famolare

Vice President, Amazonia, Americas Field Division

​Lisa Famolare has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing biodiversity conservation and human well-being initiatives in South America. She has specific strengths in project design and implementation, holistic management, team building, and ability to work in the field locally, nationally and internationally.

Luis Espinel

Vice President, Conservation International-Peru

Luis Espinel is a forest engineer with 20 years of experience in planning, managing and monitoring projects in sustainable development and conservation.

Luis Suarez

Vice President, Conservation International-Ecuador

Luis Saurez has designed and implemented several projects and participated actively in the environmentalist movement to promote biodiversity conservation in Ecuador. Luis has written several scientific papers and books on biodiversity, threatened species, protected areas and conservation incentives, and has represented Ecuador in multiple forums, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, and international congresses.

Mark Erdmann, Ph.D.

Vice President, Marine, Asia-Pacific Field Division

Dr. Mark Erdmann’s work largely focuses on the management of marine protected areas, as well as research on reef fish and mantis shrimp biodiversity, satellite tracking of endangered sharks and rays, and genetic connectivity in MPA networks.

Miguel Morales, Ph.D.

Vice President, Global Environment Facility Project Agency and Green Climate Fund Implementing Agency

​Dr. Miguel Morales is a professional with over 27 years of experience on issues related to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries of the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Scott Henderson

Vice President, Marine & Lead for Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes, Field Delivery

Scott Henderson is a conservation and marine management practitioner with field experience as a researcher and consultant, primarily in Latin America. Scott founded the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape program and is responsible for developing multi-country marine strategies and building awareness of marine conservation issues.

Tracy Farrell, Ph.D.

Vice President, Field Project Design and Management Support Team, Field Delivery

​Dr. Tracy A. Farrell has developed and lead cross-cutting initiatives in the areas of fresh water, ecosystem services, and wildlife trade. Tracy has created research agendas, strategic directions, and business plans to refine Conservation International’s niche and partnership approach to address institutional priorities.

Yasushi Hibi

Vice President, Asia Policy and Managing Director, Conservation International-Japan

Yasushi Hibi is the Vice President for Asia Policy. In this role, he direct’s Conservation International’s efforts in Japan to engage the Japanese government as well as the private sector in global conservation and sustainable development efforts, focusing especially on climate change, biodiversity and natural capital management. He serves on several Japanese government committees dealing with various environmental issues, and advises major corporations on corporate social responsibility. He also works with Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific field programs to engage regional development institutions, such as the Asian Development Bank, in nature-based development approaches.​

Rachel Golden Kroner, Ph.D.

Social Scientist, Environmental Governance & Impacts, Moore Center for Science

Rachel Golden Kroner is a social scientist at the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International, focused on environmental governance. She leads the organization’s work on protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (known as PADDD).

Bunra Seng

Senior Director, Conservation International-Cambodia

Bunra Seng provides overall leadership and day-to-day management of Conservation International’s Cambodia program. He supports the Forestry and Fisheries Administration in protected forest management in the Central Cardamoms and the Great Lake, and coordinates with other NGOs, government agencies and donors. Bunra has also implemented Conservation Incentive Agreements in Cambodia, introduced new technology for small-scale fishing and implemented a well-protected forest.

Claudio Schneider, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Technical Support, Conservation International-Peru

Dr. Claudio Schneider has overseen the technical supervision of various programs being implemented by Conservation International in Peru including the consolidation of the bi-national Vilcabamba-Amboró Conservation Corridor, the implementation of a forest management project for indigenous communities in the Peruvian Central Amazon, the development of several REDD+ projects, and the provision of technical assistance on REDD+ readiness to the Peruvian Ministry of Environment.

Emily Pidgeon, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Strategic Marine Initiatives, Center for Oceans

Dr. Emily Pidgeon works on developing solutions for coastal and marine adaptation to climate change and on marine based approaches for mitigation through “blue carbon.”

Enrique Nuñez

Executive Director, Conservation International-Philippines

Enrique Nuñez's work focuses on the future efforts in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape and Palawan by enhancing the adaptive capacities of communities and using a model climate resilient transboundary network of marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries.

Eric H. Fegraus

Senior Director, Technology and External Relations, Monitoring and Evaluation, Moore Center for Science

Eric Fegraus brings deep expertise in applying novel technological solutions to our most pressing environmental and conservation challenges. Eric has many technological interests including natural resource sensors, IT frameworks and analytical databases and tools. He has a strong interest in leveraging private-sector technology partnerships to strengthen conservation programs.

Janet Edmond

Senior Director, Peace and Development, Center for Environment and Peace

​Janet Edmond has over 20 years of experience managing health, development and environment programs and over 15 years of technically and financially managing USAID health and environment grants and cooperative agreements.

John Goedschalk

Executive Director, Conservation International-Suriname

​John Goedschalk has substantial experience in policy, fundraising and technical affairs.

John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Blue Production Program, Center for Oceans

As the senior director of the Blue Production Program in Conservation International's Center for Oceans, Dr. Kittinger works to ensure a healthy ocean provides benefits to coastal communities.