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Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy in Africa

Matt Brown is the Deputy Director for TNC's Africa Region. In this role, Matt oversees the conservation team that manages TNC conservation projects in priority places with local partners. He creates the link between needs on the ground and TNC organizational resources that can be applied to help scale-up impact and deliver lasting conservation results. Bringing TNC organizational culture to our expanding program is key aspect of Matt's job and a vital part of our succession planning. Matt led a continent wide priority setting exercise to define TNC investment and he helps to strategically grow the program via fundraising, staff development and new geography expansion. Matt leads our thematic teams (Agriculture, Smart Development, Freshwater, Terrestrial, Marine) and is helping to ensure we focus on both priority places and key practice areas that help us get to scale.

Prior to this position, Matt spent 10 years working with the US Department of the Interior on US domestic land use planning efforts on public lands in the western US. He worked for the United Nations in Eritrea and was a Peace Corps forestry volunteer in northern Ghana.

Matt has a degree from Colby College in Biology/Environmental Science and a Master of Science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources Management.

Matt's scientific specialties: GIS, Remote Sensing, Conservation Planning, rangeland management, surface water management, and general monitoring and science project management.



Muntifering, J.R., W.L. Linklater, S.G. Clark, S. !Uri-≠Khob, J.K. Kasaona, K. /Uiseb, P. Du Preez, K. Kasaona, P. Beytell, J. Ketji, B. Hambo, M. A. Brown, C. Thouless, S. Jacobs, and A.T. Knight. 2015. Harnessing values to save the rhinoceros: insights from Namibia. Oryx doi:10.1017/S0030605315000769.


Girvetz, E.H., E. Gray, T.H. Tear, and M.A. Brown. 2014. Bridging climate science to adaptation action in data sparse Tanzania. Environmental Conservation 41: 229-238.

Tear, T.H., B.N. Stratton, E.T. Game, M.A. Brown, C.D. Apse, and R.R. Shirer. 2014. A return on investment framework to identify conservation priorities in Africa. Biological Conservation 173: 42-52.

Matt Brown

Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy in Africa


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