Jeffrey McNeely worked in Asia for twelve years following his training in anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Thailand, five years at the Association for Conservation of Wildlife in Bangkok, and two years studying the relationship between people and nature on the Tibetan border in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. He spent three years in Indonesia as World Wildlife Fund-IUCN (World Conservation Union) representative, establishing IUCN’s first country program and running some thirty-five conservation projects in that country.
He joined IUCN proper in 1980, designing conservation programs, advising governments and conservation organizations on conservation policy and practice, and producing a variety of technical and popular publications. As Secretary-General of the IV World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas (Caracas 1992), Mr. McNeely helped develop new concepts for relating people to protected areas.
Formerly Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Programme and then Chief Scientist, he has contributed to all of the major global biodiversity initiatives. He has advised over fifty governments on their biodiversity strategies and action plans and was a founder of the Global Biodiversity Forum. He has published numerous papers and over forty books, including Soul of the Tiger; Mammals of Thailand; Economics and Biological Diversity; Conserving the World’s Biological Diversity; Partnerships for Conservation; Protecting Nature: Regional Reviews of Protected Areas; National Parks Conservation and Development; and The Great Reshuffling: Human Dimensions of Invasive Alien Species. He is currently A.D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University.