Jim Leape


Specialties: Climate Change, Environmental Law and Policy, Science Communication

Jim Leape directs, with Fiorenza Micheli, the Center for Ocean Solutions and is the William and Eva Price Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Through research, writing and direct engagement with private and public sector leaders, he is developing ways to catalyze private sector leadership on sustainability globally and specifically in China. He looks at how we can drive large-scale systemic shifts to sustainability.

Leape came to Stanford with 30 years of experience in conservation.  From 2005 to 2014, he served as the Director General of WWF International and leader of the global WWF Network, which is one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. In that capacity, he worked with government, business and civil society leaders on a wide range of issues from climate change, to forest conservation, to sustainability in global commodity markets.  Previously, he directed the conservation and science initiatives of the David and Lucile Packard foundation, a leading philanthropy institution in the U.S.  He was a lawyer for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, a law professor, and a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Jim has served as an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the board of the International Civil Society Center and the China Council for International Cooperation in Environment and Development which advises the Premier of China on environmental policy.

Jim received an A.B. with honors from Harvard College and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.

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