I am the Head of the Science Programme at UNEP-WCMC and a Professor at the Center for Marcoecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen. I oversee the scientific work with the centre and how it relates to policy processes.
I have a track record of influencing conservation policy in sub-Saharan Africa and am a well-respected advisor to several developing country governments in East Africa. I have a long standing interest in the biogeography and conservation of African biodiversity. This has broadened in recent years to issues of the effectiveness and equity of protected areas and other conservation interventions, with regard to biological and human outcomes. I have also managed various forms of conservation projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe over the past 25 years, which I continue to do.