ACEF Speaker

Patricia Zurita

Chief Executive Officer,
BirdLife International

Patricia Zurita is the Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, bringing together over 115 organizations worldwide to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Patricia is also the first woman from a developing country (Ecuador) to become CEO of an international conservation organization. Prior to BirdLife, Patricia was the Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a global multi-donor fund enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. Patricia also led the Conservation Stewards Program in Conservation International (CI), implementing conservation agreements that provided economic incentives to local and indigenous communities in developing countries in exchange for their commitment to protect biodiversity.