As Regional Managing Director, Africa at The Nature Conservancy, Matt Brown provides strategic leadership and management to a growing program of more than 85 staff members working in seven African countries and across the United States.
Prior to his current position, Matt served as TNC Africa’s director of conservation for 11 years, where he defined and oversaw all TNC Africa projects in priority places with local partners. In this role, he created an important link between needs on the ground in Africa and TNC’s resources that could be applied to help scale-up impact, expand the program into new geographies, and deliver lasting conservation results.
Matt is a dedicated conservationist with more than 20 years of leadership, fundraising, and strategy setting experience. For much of his life, he has had a deep love for the people and places of Africa. Through his start as a Peace Corps forestry volunteer in northern Ghana, followed by a bike trip from East to Southern Africa, a stint with the United Nations in Eritrea, and 8 years living in Tanzania, Matt has demonstrated his ability to work closely with local communities, governments, and individuals.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Colby College, as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.