Dr Mike Rands

Advisor (Executive Director 2009 - 2020)

Role: CCI team

Background

After an early career as a research ecologist studying farmland wildlife populations in the UK, I developed and directed a programme of multidisciplinary conservation projects in over 100 countries for an international conservation organisation (ICBP). In 1996 I was appointed Chief Executive of the global conservation partnership, BirdLife International, before joining CCI as its first Director in 2009.
I am broadly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to managing the natural environment. This includes: the interface between science, policy and practice; environmental governance and capacity development; the relationships between business and biodiversity; and developing innovative solutions for the conservation of nature. I was the Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, based in the University of Cambridge Judge Business School from 2009 – 2020.