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Dechen Dorji

Senior Director for Asia, Wildlife Conservation

Dechen Dorji
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Dechen Dorji is the Senior Director for Asia on the Wildlife Conservation team. Dechen oversees WWF-US’s wildlife efforts in Asia, working closely with our goal teams and leadership, WWF’s country offices, and the Wildlife Practice and other WWF initiatives to help develop, implement and mobilize resources for our wildlife conservation priorities in Asia.

Dechen isn’t new to the WWF organization, previously serving for seven years as WWF’s Country Representative in Bhutan, where he led a number of successful conservation efforts, notably the ‘Bhutan for Life’ initiative, through which he worked closely with our leadership and the former Bhutanese Prime Minister to raise $43 million, and launched some of Bhutan’s first nationwide conservation efforts for threatened species such as tigers, Snow leopards and Golden Mahseer. He is also a strong advocate for the conservation of ‘lesser known species, that do not often receive adequate protection and resources for conservation. Dechen also received the National Order of Merit, Gold, from His Majesty the King for the Bhutan for Life initiative and his services to the Bhutanese environmental sector.

Before joining WWF, Dechen served as a public policy researcher with the Peoples Project Office during Bhutan’s transition to Democracy in 2007-2008, and as the founding Director of Bhutan’s First Environmental Research and Training Institute.

Dechen is passionate about finding innovative solutions, pushing the boundaries of partnership and advocating for greater engagement with the corporate sector and governments to deliver conservation impacts at scale and across borders.

“WWF US has always been at the forefront of innovation, scale and ambition in the pursuit of its conservation endeavors across the planet. From its founding days, its commitment to openness in working across sectors, offices and partners continues to define its identity and strength, resulting in incredibly innovative and greater conservation outcomes in the process. I am truly excited and inspired to be part of this great organization, driven by a team of committed individuals, delivering much needed conservation impacts in the field, across the globe. With the leadership and guidance of our awesome colleagues and offices across Asia, I look forward to being of service to the ambitious conservation vision we have for our Asian Wildlife.”

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Senior Director for Asia


  • Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (honors), Forest Management, University of Wales

Areas of Expertise

  • Protected area and wildlife management
  • Innovative fund raising
  • Community based conservation and eco-tourism initiatives