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Carter Roberts

President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts on a trip to Myanmar

Carter Roberts is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide.

Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems and address climate change by linking science, field and policy programs with an ambitious initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet. He has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Walmart, Cargill and Mars to set new industry standards for resource efficiency.

Roberts earned his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter & Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.

Roberts serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN, and President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

Roberts lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jackie Prince Roberts and their three children.


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“We’re at a conservation tipping point, and WWF is leading the way in tipping the balance in Earth’s favor.”

What I’m Working on Now

Panda Pod

The Panda Pod is a monthly podcast series hosted by Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF. Tune in as Carter interviews fellow conservationists, business leaders, elected officials, and others who are advancing innovative ideas to protect nature and species.

In The News

The New York Times

Our Planet’s Future: It’s Not Too Late

In this letter to the editor, Carter Roberts responds to a recent op-ed about the degradation of nature and argues that there is still time to save our planet – if we act quickly.

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Group Spots Rare Predator in River

CNN features Carter spotting a rare black jaguar in Brazil's Juruena National Park.

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President & CEO


  • B.A., Princeton University
  • M.B.A., Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic planning
  • International conservation
  • Corporate partnerships
  • Resource efficiency
Photo © Deb Lindsey/WWF-US