Program Coordinator, IUCN Vietnam
Jake Brunner has more than 25 years of experience working on matters related to environmental science and civil society engagement—almost 16 of which have been in Asia. Since 2008, he has worked for IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, based in Hanoi, where he manages a team of 15 staff running programs on water and wetlands conservation, business engagement, coastal and marine management, and policy analysis in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Prior to joining IUCN, Brunner established Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), an NGO that supports species conservation projects in Myanmar focusing on the country’s highly threatened endemic wildlife, and promotes broader civil society participation in biodiversity conservation. Previously, Brunner spent eight years running Conservation International’s (CI) Indo-Burma Program from Washington, D.C., Hanoi and Phnom Penh, where he led the design, partner negotiations, fundraising, and monitoring of site and species projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Southern China, and Myanmar. Prior to CI, Brunner spent eight years at World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental policy research center based in Washington, DC Brunner holds a BA in Geography from Oxford University and an MSc in Remote Sensing/GIS from London University.