Juan Carlos Godoy is the program director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Guatemala. He joined TNC in 2001 and, through his various roles, has contributed to developing and promoting important public policies that have made a solid contribution to biodiversity conservation and climate action in Guatemala, a biodiversity hotspot in Latin America.
As director of the operational unit, Juan Carlos has directed innovative initiatives, such as the water agenda for the tri-national Mayan jungle region, the consolidation of the community forestry concession model, and the design of new financing mechanisms.
Before joining TNC, he was the General Coordinator of the National Environmental Commission of Guatemala (CONAMA) and an advisor for regional CATIE, GIZ, UNDP, and EU programs for over a decade. He served as Deputy Minister of Guatemala’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).
He holds a degree in Biology from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and a master's Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Costa Rica and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). He did postgraduate studies in the USA, Costa Rica, and Israel.