Shubash Lohani is a project director for the Blue Nature Alliance, a collaboration of Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Global Environment Facility, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob & Melani Walton Foundation. The initiative aims to catalyze the conservation of 18 million square kilometers of ocean to safeguard global ocean biodiversity, build resilience to climate change, promote human well-being, and enhance ecosystem connectivity and function.
Before joining Pew, Lohani served as a senior director and deputy goal lead for the forest program at the World Wildlife Fund. In this role, he led large-scale conservation projects in Asia, including protected areas management, species conservation, community-based forest management, and restoration and sustainable financing. Lohani launched Bhutan for Life, an innovative financing initiative with the goal of permanently safeguarding—and improving the management of—the entire protected areas network in Bhutan. During his tenure at World Wildlife Fund, he engaged with governments and local communities to deliver durable conservation outcomes and improve local livelihoods.
Lohani holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental sciences from Kathmandu University and a master’s in environmental studies from the University of Tokyo.