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"The Politics of Conservation in the Galápagos Islands” by Renu Saini, VIDEO Recording of the Latin American Studies Program Lecture, 13 Feb 2017

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Renu Saini was our first guest speaker for LASP's Spring 2017 Seminar Series. The event will took place on Monday, February 13th. 

A video recording of this Latin American Studies Program Seminar can be viewed by clicking here.

Renu Saini is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Conservation Program. In this role, she develops and implements grantmaking strategies in Madagascar and Galápagos, and the Marine portfolios. She also contributes to program-wide strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation of all the program’s geographic focal areas- Madagascar, Galápagos, Myanmar and Mexico. 

Other areas of specializations include:

* Maintenance and expansion of marine and terrestrial protected areas

* Promotion of sustainable fisheries

* Creation of alternative livelihoods 

* Eradication of invasive species

* Capacity building of local community groups and not-for-profit organizations

Before joining the Trust, Renu spent nine years at the Kohlberg Foundation, where her grantmaking portfolio included initiatives in environmental conservation, cancer research, human trafficking prevention, and supports for at-risk youth. In prior roles, she developed a philanthropic program for a family foundation based in Mumbai, India, and supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s field biology program in New Jersey. 

Originally from Texas, Renu holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. She serves as a member of the board of I-MAK (Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge) and a member of the Pleiades Network.