Glenn Raynor- Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the DRC
Glenn Raynor is the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the Democratic Republic of The Congo and a Class IX Rotary Peace Fellow sponsored by the Victoria-Harbourside Rotary Club of District 5020 and hosted by the Tokyo-Musashino Rotary Club of District 2580 in Japan
Born on southern Vancouver Island, Canada, Glenn grew up on remote Nootka Island in the traditional territory of the Mowachaht First Nation. His parents are avid outdoors people who instilled in him a reverence for nature and wildlife. Glenn was blessed to spend much of his childhood and adolescence in the temperate rainforests and along the shores of the wild Pacific coast. His early education was a combination of home schooling and time in a one-room school where a small group of kindergarten to grade 7 students learned together. The education that continues to resonate the most for him however was the one he received outside of the classroom in particular from the Mowachaht whose careful stewardship of terrestrial and marine resources sustained their economic and cultural life for millennia.
He later went on to earn a BA in Communications from McGill University in Montréal and then a Masters in Public Policy from ICU in Tokyo, Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Glenn has been the executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2015 where he leads the multi-stakeholder Conservation Action Plan for Great Apes aimed at conserving critically endangered chimpanzees, gorillas and their habitats while also working to achieve improved health, education and livelihood outcomes in communities situated near some of the last remaining great ape populations.
The Jane Goodall Institute works with a diverse consortium of local and international partners combining conservation science and a holistic, community centered approach to conserving great apes and their habitats in areas that continue to be heavily impacted by the trauma of over two decades of violent conflict that claimed the lives of some 5 million people.
His interests include natural history, art, architecture, languages, cultures, cuisine and mountaineering.