Jorgen Thomsen is a founding member of the board of New Course. He also serves as the Director of Conservation & Sustainable Development in the MacArthur Foundation’s International Programs.
Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation in 2009, Thomsen spent 14 years with Conservation International as Senior Vice President of the organization’s Conservation Funding Division and as Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which included leading a $260 million grant-making and partnership development facility for civil society organizations in the most biodiversity rich areas of the world. Before this he was the chief executive of TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors trade in natural resources, and he held positions at WWF and IUCN, and in the Danish ministry of environment.
Thomsen has an MSC in zoology and also attended law school at the University of Copenhagen in his native Denmark.