Joanna Elliott

Senior Conservation Director
Cross-cutting Programmes at FFI

Role: CCI Council, Fauna & Flora International


Jo joined FFI in 2013 to lead their cross-cutting teams working on Climate & Nature Linkages, Corporate Sustainability, Social Equity, Agriculture & Enterprise, Science & Design, and Capacity & Leadership.

A Cambridge Economist with an MBA from London Business School, Jo spent the early part of her career as a corporate banker and strategy consultant before deciding to apply these skills to the environment sector. Jo worked for ERM in London and Jakarta leading forestry, energy and environment sector assignments for the EU, DFID and World Bank, including a year seconded to the World Bank social and environmental impact assessment team in Indonesia. She also worked for WWF-Indonesia and was Team Economist for The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia parks programme.

Jo moved to Kenya from Indonesia in 1994, recruited by Price Waterhouse in Nairobi to lead a World Bank project at Kenya Wildlife Service. She joined the African Wildlife Foundation in 1996, and became Vice President for Program Design and Knowledge Management for AWF’s programmes across 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, specialising in environmental economics, community enterprise development and environmental policy analysis. Prior to working for FFI she was also a Rural Livelihoods Advisor at DFID where she led DFID’s work on wildlife-poverty linkages.  Jo represents FFI on multiple Boards and Steering Committees and is a member of the UK government’s Darwin Expert Committee.