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Currently working for Rare Conservation, an organization that trains local people to become proficient in social marketing, Patrick Mehlman serves as the Senior Director of Program Development. As a member of the Rare Conservation team, Mehlman is responsible for global program development and initiatives for an organization that has reached out to over 10 million people in 57 countries in an effort to spread the message of biodiversity and conservation of natural resources.Known for taking advantage of new opportunities for growth and development, Fast Company has recognized Rare Conservation as a top social capitalist for inspiring “large-scale marketing campaigns and social-action projects.” Reporting directly to the CEO of Rare Conservation, Mehlman has contributed to the success of the non-profit by developing an online competition for innovation in conservation while continually reaching out to build new relationships with potential partners and sponsors in Africa and other regions of the world.   Patrick Mehlman is also working to develop a French-speaking program that will target marine projects in the Western Indian Ocean. Focusing mainly on projects involving watershed and wetland protection, as well as sustainable fishing policies, Rare Conservation is working in many countries in South and Central America, as well as in Indonesia, the Philippines, and China. Moreover, 24 programs are underway to help sustainable livelihoods and reduce overfishing in the Coral Triangle, with more than 30 more scheduled launch.A seasoned primatologist and anthropologist,  Patrick Mehlman completed his Master of Arts and Ph.D., both in Biological Anthropology, at the University of Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career,  Mehlman has worked with organizations such as Conservation International and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Inc., on large landscape scale conservation projects in Central Africa.

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Senior Director Program Development






University of Toronto