About Us

The International Conservation Fund is a U.S. based, volunteer-run 501(c)3 charity dedicated to conserving natural ecosystems and species in the tropics and other priority areas. We work in partnership with the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC).

In our projects, we partner with local conservation organizations who conduct project activities in the field and who work with us to develop project plans and budgets. They know best what needs doing and how to go about it. We look for opportunities that represent conservation priorities with good value in relation to cost and risk.

Our work is science based. We also try to base it on a sound understanding of the human element, socioeconomic and political, from local communities to the national level.

We don't apply arbitrary criteria for the kind of projects we undertake. Conservation solutions tend to be quite site specific. Our projects range from helping to create or expand small private reserves to large landscape-scale efforts like our Kayapo Project in the Brazilian Amazon.

Join us, if you ...

  • care about keeping wilderness wild, from the Amazon to the Himalayas want to prevent species extinctions, from elephants and gorillas to frogs and orchids
  • want to see large climate co-benefits from conservation
  • want to protect winter habitats for our migratory birds
  • like an approach that relies on local expertise and engages local communities
Many-colored Rush Tyrant.  Photo: Paul B. JonesMany-colored Rush Tyrant.
Photo: Paul B. Jones

Our Team


Robert Stoner, President

Rob Stoner is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology of the MIT Energy Initiative, Founding Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, and faculty co-director of the MIT Electric Power Systems Center. He also serves as the secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation funded Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in east Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation. He earned his Bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Queen's University, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in condensed matter physics.

Doug Bender

Doug Bender, Director

Doug Bender is retired from a 36-year career as a spacecraft engineer at Boeing, where he was Chief Engineer for Flight and Control of Boeing's unmanned space programs. He oversaw technical development of multiple generations of spacecraft, holds over a dozen US patents and a similar number of published papers, taught at USC and UCLA graduate engineering programs, and received awards from NASA and AIAA. Doug holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Since retiring from Boeing, Doug has changed focus, volunteering at 10 distinct conservation projects in as many countries. He is a technical advisor to Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in Mongolia and to the ICF-supported Marine Conservation Cambodia, which he has visited at least 10 times to date.


Gerard A. Bertrand, Director

Jerry Bertrand is an Environmental Advisor to Permian Global and was science advisor to the executive offices of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. He was head of International Affairs for the US Fish & Wildlife Service where his portfolio included setting up new parks and reserves in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was Chairman of BirdLife International, President of Massachusetts Audubon Society, and he co-founded World Land Trust. Jerry has an MS and PhD in marine science and oceanography and holds a degree in environmental law.


Meade Cadot, Director

Meade Cadot is Naturalist Emeritus at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, where he earlier served for 33 years as Executive Director, overseeing the creation of the 35,000-acre SuperSanctuary of connected protected lands. Meade also served as a faculty member in Antioch University New England's Environmental Studies Department for 34 years. He has received numerous lifetime awards for his work in conservation and education.


Wayne Klockner, Director

Wayne Klockner is a recently retired conservationist, having worked for The Nature Conservancy for 38 years in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Indonesia. With TNC, he managed state and country programs that implemented conservation plans to protect and sustainably manage terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Prior to TNC, Wayne was a field biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He also served as a trustee of The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. Wayne holds a B Sc. Degree in Biology and Environmental Planning.

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