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Senior Director, Business Practices

Washington and Lee University: B.A., Political Science, French

John Buchanan joined Conservation International (CI) in 1997 and currently is Senior Director of Business Practices in CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB). CELB is focused on creating constructive partnerships with private sector leaders to create mutually beneficial solutions to environmental concerns.

Within this team, John manages partnerships with food and agribusiness companies such as Bunge, Cargill, and McDonald’s. These partnerships are addressing a range of issues that includes land-use planning in soy producing regions of Brazil, best practices in oil palm plantation management, and development of supply chain tools for improved environmental stewardship.

John also oversees CI’s work on biofuels and is leading an initiative to build greater NGO capacity to create constructive private sector partnerships in high-biodiversity value regions of the world.

Prior to his work in CELB, John developed and managed CI's Conservation Cocoa™ Program. With projects in Ghana and Brazil, the program established community-based enterprises with cocoa farmers in areas of high biological diversity. This work involved collaboration with farmers' cooperatives, government organizations, research institutions, and other NGO's, all of which contributes to developing land-uses compatible with CI's Conservation Corridor strategies. John originally joined CI as Manager of the Tagua Initiative™, serving as a liaison between international button distributors and CI's partners in Latin America.

John came to CI with a sales and marketing background from the private sector. Managing domestic and international accounts for a global leader in food packaging, he worked with major food companies throughout the US and Latin America. John graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in political science and French. He is fluent in Spanish.


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