Olivier Langrand joins Island Conservation as Director of Global Affairs

Island Conservation is pleased to announce the appointment (beginning December 15) of Olivier Langrand as our new Director of Global Affairs. Over the course of his twenty-seven year career, Olivier has developed a wealth of experience and global relationships in support of his lifelong passion and commitment to protecting biodiversity. He brings a unique, global perspective to IC, with a well-deserved reputation of integrity, a deep understanding of complex issues, and a creative approach to solving problems. Olivier will be responsible for IC’s engagement with governments, multi- and bi-lateral institutions, and international conventions in our global efforts to prevent extinction of threatened island species.

Olivier comes to Island Conservation after ten years with Conservation International, where, most recently, he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the Center for Conservation and Government. His division was responsible for public funding, engaging with governments and multi-lateral institutions in environmental policy, and working with indigenous and traditional peoples. In his previous position with Conservation International, Olivier led the Africa and Madagascar divisions. Prior to joining CI, Olivier held similar positions in Africa with World Wildlife Fund.

Olivier received his Masters of Science (MSc) from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is an avid birder (107 countries and counting), an expert on the birds of southwestern Indian Ocean islands, and author and/or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, including three authoritative books on the avifauna of Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes, and the Seychelles Islands.

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