Conservation Director Asia Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy
Will McGoldrick Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director © The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy Announces Will McGoldrick as Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has named veteran conservation leader and international climate policy expert Will McGoldrick as Regional Managing Director of the global organization’s Asia Pacific program.

McGoldrick, originally from Melbourne, Australia, and now living in Hong Kong, brings to the director role more than 20 years of conservation experience in Asia Pacific, including six years with TNC and four years with the World Wide Fund for Nature.

During his tenure at TNC, McGoldrick has developed deep regional experience in corporate practices, international negotiations, philanthropy, and government policies and programs. He has lived and worked in South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, and Samoa, where McGoldrick was an advisor to the national government on climate change policy. Here, McGoldrick witnessed first-hand the threat that climate change poses to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities and places, underscoring the need for an urgent global response. 

“Will brings to this key executive position extraordinary vision, conservation expertise, and the hard-earned trust of our many regional partners,” said David Banks, Chief Conservation Officer at TNC. “From helping small island communities improve management of their natural resources to supporting the launch of new carbon markets that will improve the lives of billions of people, Asia Pacific represents some of our greatest opportunities to protect nature at a transformative scale. We are thrilled to welcome Will to the Regional Managing Director role as TNC works across the region for nature and people.”

McGoldrick joined TNC in 2015 and previously held staff positions as Director of Climate Strategy and Asia Pacific Conservation Director, where he oversaw teams focused on expanding protected areas in Mongolia, restoring shellfish reefs in Hong Kong, and conserving forest landscapes in Myanmar, among other initiatives. He has served as the Acting Regional Managing Director for Asia Pacific since September 2020.

McGoldrick will work in collaboration with TNC country directors on conservation initiatives in Mongolia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia, where TNC works in partnership with the Indonesian NGO Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN).

“I am humbled and honored to lead The Nature Conservancy’s work in Asia Pacific, where I have spent my entire conservation career working to build solutions to complex challenges facing nature and people,” McGoldrick said. “Asia Pacific is well known as the engine room of the global economy. If we are to succeed in our efforts to tackle climate change and sustainable development, we now need harness the region's ingenuity and transform it into a global conservation powerhouse. I am grateful to my colleagues and our many partners throughout Asia Pacific, and I look forward to this opportunity as Regional Managing Director.”

McGoldrick has degrees in international law, science, and humanities from The University of Sydney and Monash University (Melbourne) and has been published in a number of academic journals. Will’s law school thesis, “Financing Adaptation in Pacific Island Countries: Prospects for the Post-2012 Climate Regime,” was awarded high distinction and was subsequently published in the Australian International Law Journal. 

McGoldrick’s full bio can be found here.

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