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Our pioneering history and connections built over the past four decades give International Expeditions access to a wealth of guest speakers. On our Master Leader Series departures, you’ll be inspired by the wonders of the world, all while learning alongside experts in wildlife and sustainability! These notable naturalists and pioneers of sustainability will join IE’s knowledgeable guides to add layers of insight into the environment that only IE’s master luminaries can provide.

Current Speaker Schedule

Ian Thompson

Amazon Voyage:  May 11, 2018

For more than a decade, Ian Thompson has served as director of The Nature Conservancy’s Amazon programs, working in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Since 2014, he has led their conservation team in Brazil. Under Ian’s leadership, the Conservancy implements solutions to balance economic growth with the conservation of nature and respect for human rights. Key projects include focusing on freshwater conservation and forest restoration.

Ian Thompson
The Nature Conservancy, Director of Conservation, Brazil Operating Unit

Lisa Downes

Amazon Voyage: November 16, 2018

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes is the Associate Director of Securing Water for The Nature Conservancy in North America, where she provides expertise towards the development of water funds and public funding for water across the region.  Previously, she worked with the Alliance for Water Stewardship on the development of a global standard for water stewardship via the Alliance for Water Stewardship. 

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes The Nature Conservancy
Associate Director of Securing Water, The Nature Conservancy