Bryna Griffin has over 15 years of experience in conservation of tropical landscapes, with particular expertise in the design, management and sustainable financing of protected and conserved areas. As the Head of BirdLife International’s Forests Programme, Bryna oversees a global strategy for over 50 Partners working to save tropical forests. In 2019, her team launched a pilot Accelerator to support our Partners to advance landscape finance strategies through technical support, small grants and mentoring. From 2009-2015, Bryna was based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Serengeti, Tanzania, for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Zoological Society of London and Frankfurt Zoological Society.
She managed multi-million dollar programmes to rehabilitate national parks, develop new community-based reserves, and establish regional conservation action plans. Additionally, she contributed to a number of organizational strategies, including the 2015 review of MacArthur Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainable Development Program, the 2016 strategic evaluation of the Climate and Land Use Alliance. Previously, she administered a global grant portfolio for Conservation International’s Global Conservation Fund, supporting the design of conservation financing mechanisms such as trust funds and PES schemes. Bryna holds an MSc in Environmental Studies from Florida International University, Miami, and a BSc in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.