Olivier Langrand leads the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a multi-donor fund dedicated to protecting biodiversity hotspots — the planet’s most biologically diverse yet threatened areas — through the support of civil society organizations. Conservation International is one of CEPF’s global donors and hosts the CEPF Secretariat at its headquarters.
Olivier Langrand’s wildlife conservation career spans 30 years, much of it spent in the field. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of field research and tropical forest conservation programs in Madagascar and southern and central Africa. Olivier previously served as the director of global affairs for the non-profit Island Conservation, and in several capacities for Conservation International.
An avid birder, Olivier is considered an expert on the birds of the southwestern Indian Ocean islands and has authored four authoritative books on the avifauna of Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes, and the Seychelles islands. Olivier grew up in France and has a Master of Science in zoology from the University of Natal in South Africa.