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Dr. M. Sanjayan

Executive Vice President& Senior Scientist, Conservation International

Dr. M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and senior scientist at Conservation International, is a leading global conservation scientist, writer and an Emmy®-nominated news contributor focused on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife, and the environment. He oversees Conservation International’s Development, News and Publicity and Marketing and Branding strategies.

Sanjayan is currently filming his new TV series, EARTH -- A NEW WILD, produced by National Geographic Television in association with the Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures. It will air on PBS in 2015.

Until recently, Sanjayan served as the Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he spent 16 years specializing in development and conservation strategies, focusing on Africa, wildlife ecology and media outreach as their lead scientist and messenger.

His scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology. Raised in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone, Sanjayan's unique background and expertise have also attracted mainstream media coverage in Vanity Fair, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Afar, Outside and The New York Times.

He is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

He holds a Masters from University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz.