James Dobbin is a pioneer and established global leader in strategic spatial development planning of land, coast, and ocean environments. Propelled by visionary original research while attending Harvard in the mid-70s, James has worked in over 105 countries and is sought out when different, sustainable outcomes are a priority and fresh, deep thinking is a prerequisite. He is President and CEO of DI, (Dobbin International Inc), based in the Washington DC area and holds a bachelor’s degree (landscape architecture-regional planning) from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree (landscape architecture-regional planning) from Harvard. Clients include government, private sector (mining, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, tourism, infrastructure), IFIs (World Bank, IFC), UN Organizations, and NGOs. He is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). Mr. Dobbin also guest lectures in the planning schools at Harvard, MIT, University of Virginia, and the University of Toronto.