C. Josh Donlan

Regional Network: 
National Fellows
Class Year: 
2003
Position: 
Director
Organization: 
Advanced Conservation Strategies
Location: 
3 Rue Barret-Boyer Paris 75014 France

Josh Donlan is the Founder and Director of Advanced Conservation Strategies, and leads the organization by building interdisciplinary teams to tackle problems in novel ways. ACS's foundation is science, yet it works and collaborates outside of science to innovate and implement new solutions and ventures for environmental and sustainability challenges. ACS integrates behavioral economics, finance, human-centered design, markets, science, and technology for organizations trying to solve problems. Trained as a scientist, Josh has worked on a variety of environmental and social issues in over a dozen countries, including the management of invasive species, environmental restoration, environmental markets, and developing financial and incentive instruments for environmental conservation and poverty alleviation. He has held fellowships with the Fulbright Commission, Guggenheim Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and the Copeland Fellowship in Global Sustainability at Amherst College. He was also selected as finalist in the Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development Competition sponsored by the Gates Foundation, World Bank, and the French Development Agency. Josh was highlighted in New York Times Magazine’s Big Ideas of 2005. Josh is a Technical Expert for the United Nations Environment Programme—Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat, and co-chaired the committee for recommendations for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity from the UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity Science Policy Conference in 2010. Josh served as the Chief Scientist for Project Isabela in Galápagos Islands, the world’s largest island restoration project. He also played a pivotal role in building the NGO Island Conservation, whose mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, from a five-person operation to a multi-million dollar organization that now works in over a dozen countries. Josh is a visiting fellow at Cornell University and University of South Paris. His efforts currently focus on innovation, environmental entrepreneurship, behavioral incentives, and human-centered design approaches to environmental problem solving. He resides in Paris, France and Park City, Utah.