Executive DIrector

Note from the Executive Director

Members and Partners of the Conservation Finance Alliance,
It is a great pleasure and an honor to address you as the first Executive Director of the CFA.  As someone who has worked in this field for many years, I have greatly benefited from the rich array of resources the CFA has developed and made available over the years and if you are reading this note, I imagine you have as well.  This wealth of knowledge on the CFA website – searchable published and grey literature resources, the Environmental Funds Toolkit – and in targeted publications such as the CTF Practice StandardsConservation Trust Fund Investment SurveysCFA’s webinar series, and at various meetings, trainings and workshops held at global and regional conferences – provides essential nutrients to the growing ecosystem of global conservation finance practitioners.  As members and partners of the CFA, you are the source of this knowledge and information and hopefully the beneficiary of these efforts as well.
I have begun reaching out to partners and members to gather background information and to harness your insights into how the CFA can optimize its historical assets and advance our shared objectives.  A more formal process will be developed shortly and we will organize an online “general assembly” to share recent developments and collaboratively plan a path forward.  Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements and communications.
Warm Regards,

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David Meyers
Executive Director, CFA

David Meyers to Become CFA Executive Director

The Executive Committee of the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) is pleased to announce that David Meyers will become the Executive Director of the CFA, effective April 13, 2018.
David comes to the CFA from the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) at UNDP, where he served as a senior technical advisor for the BIOFIN process in 14 countries and lead on the global BIOFIN methodology.
“David’s first-hand experience in the practice of conservation finance, combined with his professional relationships with so many CFA members and his own experience as a long-term CFA member, make him an ideal leader for the next phase of the CFA,” said Sylvie Goyet of the Executive Committee.
In prior roles, David has been consultant on various conservation finance, ecology, economic and environmental projects and initiatives, an entrepreneur in environmental ventures, and a lecturer at both Yale and Columbia Universities. David earned his Bachelors and Doctorate degrees from Duke University and his MBA from the Yale School of Management.
“I have greatly benefitted from the resources and network of the CFA since the early 2000’s and am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization in this exciting phase,” said Dr. Meyers.
Currently based on the East Coast of the United States, David has lived for extended periods in both Europe and Madagascar.
David will step into the Executive Director role on April 13. Through September 30, 2018, he will be working half-time while wrapping up existing commitments to UNDP-BIOFIN; starting October 1 he will be leading the CFA full-time. During the transition period, Katy Mathias will continue to support the CFA Secretariat to ensure continuity in CFA projects and administration.

CFA to Hire First Executive Director

The Conservation Finance Alliance is now soliciting applications for its first full-time Executive Director, to lead the next stage of CFA's strengthening and growth as a network. The job description and application process can be accessed through the CFA website. Please help us spread the word to people who you think would be good candidates for the position. Applications are requested by November 15 via the WCS careers page.

ALU Seeks Executive Director for the School of Wildlife Conservation

African Leadership University (ALU) is launching a pan-African School of  Wildlife Conservation to develop top African talent for conservation. We are now looking for an experienced practitioner in the field of conservation to lead this effort as the inaugural Executive Director of the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation.

The Executive Director will be the pioneering CEO of the School, responsible for driving the school from foundational stages into a dynamic, pan-African institution. The ideal candidate is excited about developing top African leaders to understand not only the science but also the ‘business’ of conservation (how to manage budgets, operations, how to lead teams, how to create viable business models for national parks, ecotourism, etc). The ED will also be the face of the school, leading partnerships with government, multi-lateral agencies, and African private players in conservation.  Finally, and most importantly, they are extremely passionate about conservation and see its enormous potential for economic development for Africa.

For further information on the position please check out this flyer, or take a look at the video below. Interested applicants should send applicable materials to Sidee Dlamini at sdlamini@alueducation.com.

Seeking Executive Director for Newly Formed Blue Action Fund

The new KfW/BMZ oceans trust fund—Blue Action Fund— that was created in December is in need of an Executive Director. Further information on the Blue Action Fund, as well as the role and responsibilities of the job, can be found online or downloaded as a PDF.

Those interested should submit application materials electronically before 24 March 2017.