Our People

Portrait of Jorgen Thomsen

Staff Profile

Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development

Jorgen Thomsen is the Director of Conservation & Sustainable Development in the MacArthur Foundation’s International Programs.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2009, Thomsen spent 14 years with Conservation International as Senior Vice President of the organization’s Conservation Funding Division and as Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which included leading a $260 million grantmaking and partnership development facility for civil society organizations in the most biodiversity rich areas of the world. Before this he was the chief executive of TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors trade in natural resources, and he held positions at WWF and IUCN, and in the Danish ministry of environment.

Thomsen has a MSc in zoology and also attended law school at the University of Copenhagen in his native Denmark.

Jorgen Thomsen works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Conservation & Sustainable Development

Related Information

See All
Thumbnail for  Announcing $3.4 Million in Conservation and Sustainable Development Grants in the Tropical Andes

Announcing $3.4 Million in Conservation and Sustainable Development Grants in the Tropical Andes

The new grants invest in research, policy, and practice that help conserve natural and productive ecosystems in the face of growing threats from climate change and development in the region. Read More
Thumbnail for MacArthur's Jorgen Thomsen on Addressing Environmental Challenges of 21st Century

MacArthur's Jorgen Thomsen on Addressing Environmental Challenges of 21st Century

MacArthur Director of conservation and Sustainable Development Jorgen Thomsen discusses the importance of strong, diverse, and thriving ecosystems. Read More
Thumbnail for MacArthur Commits $176 Million to Conservation and Sustainable Development, Shares New Strategy

MacArthur Commits $176 Million to Conservation and Sustainable Development, Shares New Strategy

MacArthur announced a new $176-million, ten-year commitment to conservation and sustainable development and a new, broader strategy. Read More