Marianne Kleiberg is the Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Europe Program. After more than 15 years as a conservation leader in the Caribbean and Latin America, the Norwegian national returned to her roots to lead the Conservancy’s efforts in Europe. With offices and staff located in Berlin and London, the Conservancy is working collaboratively with European governments, civil society, companies, academic institutions and leaders to strengthen support around the world for conservation and climate change action.
Prior, Marianne was the Director of Conservation and Deputy Director for the Conservancy’s Caribbean Program where she oversaw the operations of six in-country offices and led a multi‐disciplinary team in the execution of conservation strategies in 16 island nations and territories, including the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, an effort to create a network of marine protected areas spanning 21 million acres of coasts and waters and raise US$40 million for their management. Marianne also spearheaded the Conservancy’s efforts in the Dominican Republic, including the implementation of a $10 million grant from USAID, and established new country programs in Haiti and Cuba. Marianne joined the Conservancy in 1999 and spent nearly a decade managing the Gulf of California Program in La Paz, Mexico.
Before joining the Conservancy, she worked as an international development consultant and operations manager of a manganese mining company in Panama. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree as a Fulbright Scholar in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in political ecology, from the University of Arizona. She’s a native of Norway and fluent in Norwegian, English and Spanish.