CEO, Rainforest Trust
At the age of eight Paul met Sir David Attenborough and became enthused by international wildlife conservation. By age 14 Paul was managing a nature reserve in London and travelling across England birdwatching and volunteering in protected areas. As an undergraduate, Paul led a series of research expeditions across Colombia, spending a total of over three years in the field that culminated in a new national park and creating four nature reserves. He has described four bird species new to science, including the Chocó Vireo–which he discovered at the age of 19. In 1998, Paul helped found Fundación ProAves, which has become one of the most effective conservation organizations in South America. After graduating with a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2001, Paul undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at The Natural History Museum, before coordinating biodiversity science in the Andes for Conservation International. Paul is a member of the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Global Council. Paul joined Rainforest Trust in 2008 as the Director of Conservation and was appointed the CEO in January 2012.