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Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO for Conservation International, Named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018

May 30, 2018

Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business issue (Summer 2018) is available online now. The official newsstand on-sale date for the print issue is June 5.

In forming the final list, Fast Company researchers scoured over candidates from numerous industries, such as technology, healthcare, and finance, who have achieved a momentous impact in their field as scientists, executives, programmers and more. The list showcases creative leaders who are driving global change and solving societal problems within their industry. This year’s list has representatives from companies such Amazon, Google, Disney, Netflix, and Lyft.

Named CEO about a year ago, Sanjayan has overseen the development and launch of the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Amazon, which will lead to the planting of 73 million trees and create 70,000 acres of new forests. He also served as executive producer for Conservation International’s latest virtual reality project, “My Africa,” a film that transports viewers to northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist. He joined Conservation International as executive vice president in 2014.

Raised in Southeast Asia and Africa, Sanjayan’s unique background and expertise have attracted widespread media coverage. His appearances have included “The Today Show”, “CBS This Morning”, and “CBS Evening News”. He has also hosted or co-hosted documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery and Showtime. Most recently, Sanjayan hosted the Climate Lab Series for University of California and Vox Media.

Sanjayan is also a Disneynature Ambassador, a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council.


About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is one of the world’s leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity, innovation, social impact, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.