Conservationist named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan. (© Ami Vitale/

Today Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018.

Sanjayan joins a list featuring some of the most influential and diverse industry leaders worldwide — 56 women, 44 men, more than two dozen people of color and 12 recipients from outside the U.S. The list showcases creative leaders who are driving global change and solving societal problems within their industry, including representatives from companies such as Amazon, Google, Disney, Netflix and Lyft.

Since being named Conservation International’s CEO in May 2017, Sanjayan has overseen the development and launch of the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Amazon, which will create 70,000 acres of new forests. The project is a partnership between Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) and Rock in Rio’s environmental arm “Amazonia Live.”


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“For the Sri Lanka–born Sanjayan, who lives in the U.S., this isn’t just about trees, but proving a replicable model for climate action at scale, which saves lives,” Fast Company said in its profile.

Sanjayan 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.

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

Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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