Dr. Andrew Taber

Dr. Andrew Taber in Ladakh, India.

Dr. Andrew Taber

Executive Director, The Mountain Institute

Dr. Andrew Taber has served as TMI’s Executive Director since 2011. For over 25 years, he has worked to conserve nature and improve the lives of rural people. Taber studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University. His professional career started at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) where he undertook extensive fieldwork in Patagonia, the Gran Chaco, the Andes, and the Amazon. He played a key role in creating Bolivia’s Kaa-Iya Gran Chaco National Park, under co-management with native peoples–one of the Western Hemisphere’s largest protected areas. Dr. Taber also pioneered research on Neotropical wildlife including peccaries and jaguars. At WCS, Taber established an Amazonian conservation network and directed the Latin American and Caribbean Program. As Executive Vice President at Wildlife Trust, he coordinated an alliance of top conservation scientists and practitioners from developing countries. Prior to coming to The Mountain Institute, Dr. Taber was Deputy Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research based in Bogor, Indonesia. His current responsibilities include overseeing programs in North America, the Andes, and the Himalayas on climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods of mountain people, and international environmental policy of relevance to mountains. Dr. Taber also serves as chair of the steering committee of the Mountain Partnership, a voluntary alliance of governments and organizations working to advance sustainable mountain development around the world.

Click here for a 1 minute video interview with Dr. Taber.

Recent op-ed by Dr. Taber – Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains

Andrew Taber’s CV
Since 1972 The Mountain Institute has partnered with remote mountain communities in the highest, longest and oldest mountains of the world. We work together to conserve ecosystems, develop sustainable livelihoods and protect unique mountain cultures.