The Forest Trends Fellows Program was born in 2000. Its goal was to leverage our unique global network of partners to support our mission to build an economic engine behind conservation. Fast-forward twenty years, and the Fellows program has become a critical way we form flexible, mutually beneficial collaborations with internationally recognized leaders and experts in conservation, climate policy, technology, and finance.
To date, Forest Trends has engaged more than 30 leaders through this program. Fellows have gone on to join the Forest Trends Board of Directors, contribute as thought leaders on our initiative teams, join our staff, or become key implementation partners around the world. Still others accompany us on special field visits to the Amazon and Mekong, help us promote our work, or remain steady collaborators and co-authors on papers and reports. They are an extraordinary group of change makers and visionaries, including community leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, scientists, lawyers, and financiers.
As we enter a new decade, Forest Trends seeks to expand our Fellows program to meet the climate challenges our world is facing, at the speed and scale at which we need to find solutions. Twenty years of experience has taught us that bringing together the most creative, entrepreneurial minds in the field is the way to make a powerful impact.