Occupation: Environmentalist & Conservationist
Occupational Position: Regional Director, Biodiversity & Social Monitoring, AfricaWildlife Works
Dr. Mwangi Githiru is the Director of Biodiversity and Social Monitoring at Wildlife Works, leading teams assessing environmental and social impacts of REDD+ projects in Africa. Prior to this, Mwangi worked for the Kenya Government in the Ministry of Science and Technology as a Deputy Director for Research. He received his BSc. from Moi University, his MSc. from Kenyatta University and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before completing a three-year post-doc at the University of Antwerp as a Marie Curie Fellow. Mwangi has authored numerous publications including book chapters, technical reports, and scholarly articles.
He is also a Watson International Scholar of the Environment Fellow (Brown University) and Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme Fellow. Though mainly trained in ecology and conservation, his is very interested with issues at the intersection between science-policy-conservation-economics, spanning Government, academia and private sector. In his current position, he pulls these groups together with the local community to achieve the dual goals of environmental conservation and community livelihood improvement.
D.Phil. (Conservation Biology)
2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow