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Africa, Europe and India: David Banks


David Banks manages the work of our programs in Africa, Europe and India. With a shared history, organizational development stage and focus, these three geographies benefit from David’s attention to strategy development, project execution, fundraising and coordination.

David has always had a passion for wild nature and diverse places. He grew up in Texas and after graduating from Baylor University, joined the Peace Corps as a forestry volunteer in Ghana. He arrived at The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana chapter in 1994 as an intern during graduate school. Before launching the Conservancy’s work in Africa in 2007, he was the state director of Alaska, where he completed the state’s first major capital campaign. In 2018, David took on the new role of overseeing the Conservancy’s growing programs in Africa, Europe and India.

In addition to managing these three key geographies of the organization, David also helps coordinate our large-scale land and water protection strategy and raises awareness about the Conservancy’s efforts around the globe with U.S. and European audiences. For David, The Nature Conservancy’s work represents our last best chance to protect vast landscapes and seascapes before they are altered forever.


Geraldine Henrich-Koenis
Media Contact
Phone: 703-841-3939

“I’m convinced we must dive deep into the complicated work of communities to ever be successful at protecting wild places.”

—David Banks, executive vice president for The Nature Conservancy in Africa, Europe and India

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Land Deals
  • Alaska


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