Our Mission

By providing long-term support and management assistance for the protected areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, CNF seeks to conserve the unique flora, fauna and ecosystems of the Caucasus for future generations while at the same time improving the lives of local people today.

Our Vision

A Caucasus biodiversity hotspot where a rich natural heritage and diverse local cultures combine in harmony, so that the people and species of the region both thrive.



  • Tobias Muenchmeyer

    Tobias joined CNF as Executive Director in late 2020*. Prior to joining CNF, Tobias was Deputy Political Director and an anti-nuclear and climate campaigner at Greenpeace in Amsterdam and Berlin. Before that he worked for the European Union, the German Foreign Ministry and at the Federal Parliament. He has years of experience in Russia and [...]
    Tobias Muenchmeyer, Executive Director CNF
    Executive Director
  • Tea Barbakadze

    Prior to joining CNF in 2012, Tea worked in a number of organizations in Georgia over a 15 year career that included, most recently, six years at Georgia’s national parks service (Agency of Protected Areas) as head of planning division. Tea has a degree in Biology from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
    Tea Barbakadze, National Program Coordinator Georgia CNF
    Country Director Georgia
  • Arman Vermishyan

    Prior to joining CNF in 2012, Arman worked for various national and international organizations, including USAID, UNDP, MCA-Armenia, ADB,  and on various environmental projects as an environmental expert and project coordinator.  He has authored several articles, reports and publications relating to different environmental issues in Armenia and was an active member of several committees and [...]
    Arman Vermishyan, National Program Coordinator Armenia, CNF
    Country Director Armenia
  • Tamar Pataridze

    Before joining CNF in 2017, Tamar worked in a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations focusing on a wide range of environmental issues, among them the Agency of  Protected Areas as the deputy head of the Agency and Forest Policy Service as the acting chair.  She has graduate degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities in [...]
    Consultancy Program Manager


  • David Morrison

    David Morrison divides his time between three main activities: a Georgian government initiative to green the country's environment and economy; nature conservation; and public company board duties. In April 2019 David was named Georgia's first Environmental Ombudsman.  Working directly with the Prime Minister's office, David and his team will be an independent voice within government [...]
    David Morrison, Chairman CNF
  • Stefanie Lang

    Stefanie is the Asia Director of WWF Germany overseeing all the investments and programmes that WWF Germany is undertaking in Asia. Prior to joining WWF Germany in 2014, Stefanie has lived abroad for 18 years and worked for WWF, the World Bank and bilateral donor organisations in Russia, Latvia, Belgium, East Africa and the Greater [...]
    Stephanie Lang, Vice Chairman CNF
  • Ronald Kent

    Ronald is Managing Director of UK Finance where he is responsible for wholesale, capital markets, investment and international banks, prudential, tax and technology issues. Ronald has held senior positions in investment banking, global exchanges and international public organisations. Previously Ronald was CEO and Executive Vice President for NYSE Euronext London and Managing Director with Goldman [...]
    Ronald Kent, Treasurer CNF
    Board Member
  • Thomas Eisenbach

    Thomas is Head of Division for Energy and Natural Resources in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Department of KfW Development Bank, Germany. Prior to this position Thomas worked as Office Director for the KfW Office in Ramallah, Palestinian Territories, and in several other positions in the KfW headquarters responsible for development projects in [...]
    Thomas Eisenbach, Board Member CNF
    Board Member
  • Ted Jonas

    A US-trained and educated lawyer licensed in Washington DC, Ted brings over 30 years of relevant experience to CNF’s management structure. Now Senior Counsel with the international law firm Dentons, Ted was Managing Partner at DLA Piper Georgia between 2005 and 2014. In addition to over 20 years of private law practice experience, most of [...]
    Ted Jonas, Board Member
    Board Member


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Funding Partners

CNF is a conservation trust fund created to safeguard the Caucasus ecoregion—one of the most biologically rich and diverse areas on Earth. We provide matching grants and management assistance to the protected areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, building capacity to sustain the parks for future generations. Initially established in 2007, by the German Government (BMZ), Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), today we are a multi-stakeholder organization.

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