Ray Victurine leads the WCS Business and Conservation Initiative, which engages with industry and governments to support policies and practices that seek to balance conservation objectives with development interests through design and implementation of best practices aimed at reducing and compensating for impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ray has more than 25 years experience working on conservation and sustainable development issues in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout these regions promoting sustainable development programs and policies that achieve conservation outcomes and economic development objectives. Ray is trained as a natural resource economist with a focus on water resources. Prior to joining WCS, Ray was an environmental consultant focused on sustainability and conservation financing. He also contributed to the establishment of two conservation trust funds in Africa and Asia, and also worked in Uganda where he contributed to national environmental policy, tourism development, and creation of a national-level private conservation financing institution and land trust.