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Chanler Innovator-in-Residence

The Chanler Innovator-in-Residence program, established with a gift from Cliff Chanler (T’82), is designed to engage and advise the Duke community on innovation that serves the public interest. The program supports a distinguished practitioner to engage deeply with students, faculty, and administrators, to deliver guest lectures, to interact with faculty on their research and translation activities, and to mentor emerging social entrepreneurs across Duke.

The inaugural Chanler Innovator is alumnus Alex Dehgan, Ph.D, founder of Conservation X Labs and former chief scientist at the U.S Agency for International Development.

Alex Dehgan T‘91

Chanler Innovator-in-Residense and Founder of Conservation X Labs

“We’ve got to find a way that uses the private sector to come up with things that will make a difference for conservation. Governments, as we know, can come and go, and their commitments to solving these problems can come and go, but the power to use the private sector to scale and sustain what we’re trying to do is incredible.”

To learn more about Alex Dehgan and Conservation X Labs, visit