Justin Adams

Managing Director, Global Lands, The Nature Conservancy

Justin Adams has spent more than 20 years championing innovation and sustainability in the private and public sector. He joined The Nature Conservancy as Global Managing Director for Lands in April 2014. In this role, his focus is on integrated landscape strategies to achieve high-impact conservation and development outcomes on a large scale. He leads a broad team of Conservancy experts, working on global development and environmental challenges, including sustainable agriculture, forests and climate change, siting and mitigation, and indigenous and communal conservation. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Justin worked as a Senior Advisor to the World Bank and to the Duke of Westminster’s new agricultural fund, Wheatsheaf Investments. He also built a boutique advisory business working with NGOs and companies on sustainable agriculture and energy issues. Prior to that, Justin was a senior executive at BP for 10 years where he helped to build its $8 billion renewables division, Alternative Energy. Justin is a Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and has completed a role as Chairman of Mendel Plant Sciences in 2015. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Bath, in the UK.