Michael Despines is an accomplished nonprofit leader with extensive professional experience in international development. As an avid conservationist and passionate photographer, he has also been dedicating himself for many years to inspire others to respect and appreciate the natural world.
Working with a wide range of international development and aid organizations, Michael has helped communities around the world become more sustainable. Starting immediately, he will be leading the Snow Leopard Trust’s international team of scientists, conservationists, and operations professionals in their efforts to partner with local communities in snow leopard habitat and protect the endangered cat.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to combine my passion for wildlife conservation and my experience in the world of sustainable community development at the Trust”, Michael Despines says.
Michael holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering, a B.A. in General Arts and Science, and a Masters in International Management. He is fluent in French and English and has worked in or visited over 30 countries.
For more details on his background, see Michael Despines CV.
Snow leopard conservation happens in large, complex landscapes that are shared by wildlife, humans, and livestock. Protecting these landscapes requires smart, well-adapted management plans. Snow leopard range countries met in Nepal last week to exchange best practices.
Press Release, April 14, 2016 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / Seattle, WA