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Scott Edwards

Executive Director, Washington, D.C.

Scott joins CSF after seven years at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as the Latin America and Caribbean Director in the Oceans Program. Scott managed sustainable fisheries programs in Mexico, Cuba and Belize, and was instrumental in launching EDF’s Mexico office in La Paz, Baja California. During the last two years of his tenure at EDF, Scott managed a global community-based fisheries management initiative to address overfishing in hundreds of communities in places like Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines. Prior to EDF, Scott was the Senior Director at the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). At NPCA, Scott created an international program to provide protected area managers with private sector business tools to improve their capacity for revenue generation and cost effectiveness. In addition, Scott managed multi-year projects writing business plans for the US National Park Service and the US Forest Service. He served as a technical advisor to the United Nations Development Program on the $25 million project to enhance financial sustainability for protected area systems in six countries, and has led numerous workshops in developing countries on business planning and conservation finance. He has extensive experience working in Belize, Jamaica, Madagascar, France, and several countries of the former Soviet Union. Scott also held the position of labor market analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France for six years. Scott holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He enjoys travel, playing ultimate frisbee, cycling, surfing and spending time with his wife and two young children.

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John Reid

Founder and Senior Analyst, Sebastopol, California

John has worked in conservation since 1991 when volunteered on a project in the lush coastal forests in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Conservation became a full-time profession shortly thereafter. John founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after positions with Resources for the Future, Conservation International and Pacific Forest Trust. He built CSF as an independent technical organization that has helped transform conservation practice by spreading economics skills among conservation professionals worldwide. CSF has provided leadership as the international conservation community has embraced the central role economics plays in successful environmental strategies. In 2012 CSF was recognized with the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. After 18 years of leadership, John stepped aside as CSF's president in 2016 to dedicate himself entirely to technical work. John’s work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish and terrible French. He loves writing, mountain biking and photography. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from Amherst College.

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Holly Busse

Chief Financial Officer, Arcata, California

Holly joined CSF in 2006 as the Director of Finance and is responsible for overall financial management, fiscal planning, budgeting, reporting and accounting. She has 20 years of experience with accounting, contract and project management. Holly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Humboldt State University in California.

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Alfonso Malky

Program Director, La Paz, Bolivia

Alfonso joined CSF at the beginning of 2008. He has a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from the Catholic University of Chile, a degree in Environmental Methodoligies and Social Research at the University for Strategic Research in Bolivia and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Bolivian Catholic University. Alfonso has extensive experience in conservation economics and in the sustainable use of natural resources.  His portfolio includes projects on protected areas, biodiversity, land-use change, economic incentives for the environment, evaluation of infrastructure projects, environmental valuation and ecotourism. Prior to joining CSF, Alfonso worked in the governmental Unit of Social and Economic Policy Analysis (UDAPE) where he participated in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, with an emphasis on agriculture, forestry and environmental sectors.

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Kim Bonine

Training Director, Arcata, California

Kim joined Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) in 2001 and has led dozens of environmental economics courses in Africa, Asia and North and South America on themes such as general conservation economics, values of terrestrial and marine protected areas, cost-benefit analysis, fisheries and forestry economics, and endangered species conservation. For the past 12 years, she has led CSF’s international Economic Tools for Conservation course in partnership with Stanford University, and is currently leading CSF's Conservation Economics Initiative in partnership with Duke University. Prior to joining CSF, Kim worked at Stanford's Center for Environmental Science and Policy researching the ecological and economic dimensions of mangrove resource use in Micronesia and studying vulnerability and resilience in coupled human-environment systems. Her work has appeared in Ambio, Conservation Biology and Pacific Science. Kim holds a Master’s degree in Earth Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, both from Stanford University.

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Aaron Bruner

Senior Economist, Washington, DC

Aaron joined CSF as Senior Economist in 2013 with 15 years of experience leading conservation initiatives and research in developing countries. He was most recently the Director of Economics and Planning at Conservation International, where he led research on protected area benefits and costs for the European Community's global TEEB report and developed strategy for major Green Economy initiatives in Indonesia and Cambodia. Aaron has experience in conservation and development, including ecosystem service values, development planning, negotiating conservation incentive agreements, and the role of protected areas. He holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in economics from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University.

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Cristian Vallejos

Latin America Director, Lima, Peru

Cristian has over 20 years of experience working in tropical conservation and sustainable development. He worked for Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) and Proyecto BOLFOR in his native Bolivia. Before joining CSF, Cristian helped the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -where he was regional director for the Americas- establish its network of national initiatives in Latin America. He also served as Amazon Conservation Association’s (ACA) first executive director for 4 years, guiding this organization to regional prominence in the southwestern Amazon. Cristian holds a degree in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Catolica in Lima, Peru and received training in resource economics and environmental policies at Duke University’s School of the Environment and at Indiana University’s Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

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Mubariq Ahmad

Indonesia Director, Jakarta

Mubariq has enjoyed a 30-year career working as economic policy researcher and professional activist in a variety of organizations including The World Bank, WWF, and LEI/Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute. Among Mubariq's many accomplishments was co-writing and leading the development of Indonesia's National REDD+ Strategy, and the development and promotion of Heart of Borneo Initiative and the Coral Triangle Initiative. Mubariq holds a Ph.D.in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics from Michigan State University, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, and a Bachelor in Economics from University of Indonesia. Mubariq will guide CSF's Marine Conservation Economics program, and launch CSF's work on forest conservation across Indonesia's globally significant natural landscapes.