M. Sanjayan and the Future of Nature

In the newest episode of the “Voices of Nature” podcast, we delve into a captivating conversation with M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International. Born in Sri Lanka, raised in West Africa, and educated in the U.K. and the U.S., Sanjayan has seamlessly blended a lifelong passion for nature, an education in science, a powerful gift of storytelling, and a commanding global presence into becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on protecting and expanding nature for the future of humanity.

Listen as we explore a variety of insightful topics including the work of Conservation International, how to unravel the secrets of channeling financial capital to safeguard nature, and Sanjayan’s thoughts on what lies beyond the horizon for nature, for each one of us, and for our interconnected communities.

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"Voices of Nature" Podcast: M Sanjayan and the Future of Nature

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Image 1: © Georgina Goodwin
Image 2: © Conservation International/photo by Cynthia Tapley
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Episode 31: M. Sanjayan

M. Sanjayan is a conservation scientist and chief executive officer of Conservation International, an organization working primarily in the Global South to secure nature for humanity. Sanjayan joined Conservation International in 2014 as Executive Vice President; he was named Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Since his arrival, he has led two landmark capital campaigns totaling $2.7 billion; the development of critical scientific tools, including the irrecoverable carbon atlas; public-private coalition-building for massive forest restoration efforts across the globe; and the launch of a pioneering blue carbon project in Colombia, as well as the multilateral Blue Nature Alliance, which aims to protect 18 million sq. km of ocean over five years. Previously, Sanjayan served as lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

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