Dr. James Deutsch

Dr. James Deutsch is a global leader in conservation strategy and is currently focused on protecting endangered species and ecosystems, including sharks, rays, elephants and coral reefs as Director of Biodiversity Conservation with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

Originally from New York City, James studied philosophy (AB) at Harvard and anthropology (MPhil) and zoology (PhD) at Cambridge.  He was a research fellow at Cambridge, lecturer in ecology at the University of East Anglia, and lecturer in behavioral ecology and conservation biology at Imperial College London before becoming the chief executive of Britain’s national fundraising charity for AIDS (Crusaid) for six years.

He led the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Africa Program starting in 2002, and was appointed VP Conservation Strategy at WCS in 2014. Since coming to lead Paul Allen’s biodiversity portfolio, James has managed major initiatives that include anti-poaching and anti-trafficking of elephants and rhinos, policy efforts to protect sharks and rays and science in support of coral reef conservation.