Cristián Samper

Cristián Samper, Ph.D.

Cristián Samper is a tropical biologist with a specific focus on environmental policy and conservation. He helped found the Colombian Ministry of Environment and the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute.

In addition to numerous other positions, Cristián has served as Chairman of the Subsidiary Body of Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, as Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. He is also the former Vice-Chair of the World Wildlife Fund and a former board member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Nature Conservancy, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Latin American Program.

Cristián currently serves on the board of the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Harvard University Board of Overseers, and the Board of Bioversity International. He is President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University.

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