Seema Paul is Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s India Program which has quickly grown to an annual budget of approximately $6m and a team of 23 persons. She has had a dedicated career in the field of environment, working across philanthropies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the media. She has lived and worked in India, Europe and the United States. She has led global programs— including the biodiversity program at Ted Turner’s UN Foundation—and managed program portfolios totaling more than $150 million over her career. Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, she was Vice President at Climate Works Foundation and Founder-CEO of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing climate mitigation in India. She is a citizen of India and a Permanent Resident of the United States. In the past, Seema has served on the boards of Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, Walt Disney Conservation Fund and Exxon Mobil Save the Tiger Fund and Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology (ATREE). Seema is passionate about connecting large democracies on the environmental agenda and promoting South-South collaboration.