Since CI was founded 27 years ago today, growth and innovation have been critical to bring the organization closer to achieving our ultimate goal: protecting and restoring nature for the sake of people everywhere.
In that spirit, we’re excited to announce that Dr. M Sanjayan — visionary scientist and conservation thought leader — is joining our team as executive vice president overseeing development and communications strategy. Sanjayan comes to us after 16 years at The Nature Conservancy; he discusses what drives his conservation passion below.
Q: What inspired you to join CI’s team at this time?
A: CI is a bold yet nimble organization working in some of the most amazing places on Earth, and its mission of saving nature to ensure human communities thrive resonates deeply with me.
This is a crucial moment not just for the organization but also for the conservation movement itself. For me, loving nature comes easily, but engaging all segments of society in conservation requires a much broader framework. The upcoming launch of CI’s new campaign will strongly anchor the conservation of nature as necessary and essential for the persistence and improvement of human life on our planet.
I suppose I also have a personal bone to pick, too. You know, my family really wanted me to become a doctor. Shortly after receiving my Ph.D. in biology, my grandmother began introducing me as “a doctor, but not the kind who helps people.” I’d like to prove her wrong.