Senior Director, NatureVest
In his twentieth year with the Conservancy, Mr. Weary is currently leading an initiative to assist Small Island Developing States with debt-conversions to finance marine conservation and ecosystem based adaptation to climate change. The first such debt-conversion (approx. US$22 million) was concluded in February 2016 with the Seychelles. He is currently developing additional debt-conversions with several Caribbean countries, including the Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Lucia. Rob’s experiences include work on numerous debt-for-nature swaps in Latin America and the Caribbean, the design and establishment of an eight country US$42 million regional endowment (Caribbean Biodiversity Fund) and the associated national-level trust funds. Furthermore, Rob was the primary architect of the “Caribbean Challenge,” an eight-country regional initiative to place 20% of these countries near shore marine area under protection by 2020 and develop sustainable finance mechanisms to finance the countries national systems of Protected Areas. He joined the Conservancy after working in the World Bank’s Investment Management Department in the Treasury. Rob holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs, with a focus on Social and Economic Development, with a Certificate in Latin American Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh.