Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist
Keynote speaker, Envisioning the New Wild
Dr. M. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist, writer, and Emmy-nominated news contributor specializing in the role of conservation in saving people and nature. He is executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International.
In the summer of 2015, Sanjayan co-hosted "Big Blue Live," PBS's & BBC's three-part television event, which showcased marine life on the Pacific Coast and which was the first live primetime natural history show on American television. He also hosted the 2015 PBS and National Geographic television series, "EARTH - A New Wild," which was filmed in over 24 countries; and was a contributor on Showtime's Emmy-winning series on climate change, "Years of Living Dangerously." He has appeared on numerous other programs, including "The Today Show" and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and was named to Men's Journal's list of the "50 Most Adventurous Men" in 2015.
Sanjayan also is leading the launch of Conservation International's first virtual reality film, "Valen's Reef," which explores one of the most beautiful—and biologically diverse—places in the Pacific Ocean.
Sanjayan is a Disney Nature Ambassador, a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Clinton Global Initiative Advisor; and is on National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council. He posts frequently from his expeditions at @msanjayan.pbs.org/earth-a-new-wild/home/ conservation.org