Justin Adams is the Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature
Conservancy, where he leads a broad team of Conservancy staff operating
at the intersection of global development and environmental challenges,
including sustainable agriculture, forests and climate change, smart
infrastructure, and indigenous and communal conservation.
believes passionately that we have to find new models to balance
competing priorities for land including food security, sustainable
energy production and sustainable livelihoods, while also conserving and
restoring nature to deliver the critical ecosystem services on which
all life depends.
Justin has spent more than 20 years championing
innovation and sustainability. Most recently he has worked as a Senior
Advisor to the World Bank where he helped design and raise $300 million
for the BioCarbon Fund’s Initiative for Sustainable Forested Landscapes.
He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Duke of Westminster’s new
agricultural fund – Wheatsheaf Investments and built a boutique advisory
business working with NGOs and companies on issues including palm oil
expansion, restoring degraded lands, improving smallholder yields and
Previously, Justin was a senior executive at BP for 10 years where he
helped to build its $8 billion renewables division, Alternative Energy.
As Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, he created and led BP’s
corporate venture arm – BP Ventures – managing an investment portfolio
of $150 million across 30 entrepreneurial companies. He also
consolidated and led BP’s carbon-related activities (including carbon
capture & storage and REDD) under the banner of Carbon Solutions. In
his previous role as Director Long-Term Technology and Innovation, he
helped establish a number of pioneering public-private technology and
innovation initiatives and partnerships in China, India, the United
States and the United Kingdom.
Justin is a Fellow at the Smith
School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and
is also completing a role as Chairman of Mendel Plant Sciences. He
received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management
from the University of Bath, in the United Kingdom.