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Ian Thompson

Director to Accelerate Impact, Latin America Region

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson Brazil Program Director © TNC

Area of Expertise

Amazon, Climate action, Rural development




Ian joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2006 and since then has served on multiple roles. He led TNC’s Brazil program as well as TNC’s Amazon Conservation Program across Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

After earning a Master of Science in Forestry from Oxford University, he embarked on a career to apply his forestry expertise to development issues in Nepal and then in the Brazilian Amazon. He held various leadership positions with the British Department for International Development (DFID) and European Community, as well as consulting roles with a variety of forestry organizations. Before joining TNC, Ian was a manager of Dendrogene, a large-scale research project seeking to promote the genetic conservation of managed forests in the Amazon. Ian is fluent in English, Portuguese and Nepalese and is proficient in Spanish. In his role as Director to Accelerate Impact, he supports initiatives in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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