Topic 1: Practice Standards for Conservation Trust Funds
Hours: 15:10 – 16:30 (Mozambique time)
Day: Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Topic 2: Innovative Financing Mechanisms
Hours: 16:00-17:00 (Mozambique time)
Day: Thursday, October 07, 2021

Panelist: David Meyers

Position: Executive Director of the Conservation Finance Alliance

David Meyers is the Executive Director of the Conservation Finance Alliance.  He is an environmental finance expert and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in sustainability, business strategy and management, environmental economics, international conservation and development, environmental impact assessment, training, education and research in ecology and evolution. From 2012 until 2018, David was a Sr. Technical Advisor for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN/UNDP). David has launched and managed various companies including a financial services company providing online marketplaces for impact investing and environmental assets, a triple-bottom-line bamboo-flooring manufacturer in Madagascar, and a technology incubator. At the CFA David has led the creation of the CFA Incubator and the Investment Plan for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs.  David has spent well over a decade in Madagascar and has worked in 47 countries. In Madagascar, he helped the country plan and execute a doubling of the area under conservation, including establishing the Makira Natural Park 370,000 hectare protected area using REDD+ financing. He holds a Doctorate in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.