Nav Dayanand is the Senior Federal Affairs Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Washington Office. Nav works on a wide range of policy and legislative issues pertaining to species protection, global biodiversity and natural resources management and their corresponding funding components. He engages key staff and members of the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch and other stakeholders on legislation and policy development. Prior to working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Nav was the Director on Government and Public Affairs at the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In that position, Nav engaged in public health policy and legislation and worked with stakeholders particularly from Native American tribes across the United States.
Nav received his law degree in 2003 from Bangalore University, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from the National Law School of India University. He graduated with a Master of Laws degree from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY in 2004 where he served as the Chair of the Environmental Law Society. While at Bangalore University, Nav represented India at several international moot court competitions and worked with Green Foundation, a grassroots movement based farmer’s rights organization in legislative analysis and drafting of India’s Plant Variety Protection Act. Nav is trained in Indian classical music and performed on the All India Radio through his formative years.