Our people

Interdisciplinary research and expertise reaching and influencing decision-making processes
UNEP-WCMC is managing the project and leading the consortium of five universities, two NGOs and three Chinese think tanks.

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Lisen Runsten


Diego Juffe Bignoli


Neil Burgess

Chief Scientist

Julia Wentworth

Project Administrator

Anna Krusic

Programme Administrator

Han Meng

China Representative

Amayaa Wijesinghe

Communications and Data Officer

Tanya Payne

Associate Project Officer

Chris Hawksworth

Research Grants Officer


Sokoine University of Agriculture

Pantaleo Munishi

Professor (Ecosystems, Biodiversity & Climate Change)

Doris Itaely Munisi

MSc Student

Farida Mayowela

MSc Student

Japhet Kashaigili

Head, Department of Forest Resources Assessment and Management

Joel Mremi

MSc Student

Lilian Kolukwi

Information and Records Officer and Assistant Coordinator

Nyemo Chilagane

Post-doctoral Scientist

Paul Lyimo

Post-doctoral Scientist

Ruth Pallangyo

SUA - DCP project Coordinator

Vaileth Mashauri

MSc Student


African Conservation Centre

Tobias Nyumba

Post-doctoral Scientist

Lucy Waruingi

Executive Director of ACC

Mary Mwangi

Research Assistant

Florence Gichoya

Communications Officer
University of Nairobi

Catherine Sang

Post-doctoral Scientist

Daniel Olago

Associate Professor

Steve Julius Okoth

Research Assistant

Vivian Njogu

Research Assistant

Ben Mwangi

Research Assistant

Lewnorah Ayieta

Project Assistant

Tom Randa

Research Assistant


Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Yinlong Xu

Chief Scientist CAAS Innovative Research Team of Climate Change and Utilization of Agro-climatic Resources

Yong He


Xue Han

Associate Professor

Kuo Li

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Xin-yue Zhang

Assistant Professor

Gyilbag Amatus

PhD Researcher

Martial Amou

PhD Researcher

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Chris Sandbrook

Senior Lecturer and Director of the MPhil in Conservation Leadership

Gediminas Lesutis

Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of York

Rob Marchant


Jessica Thorn

Post-Doctoral Researcher
London School of Economics

Christian Siderius

Research Fellow

Declan Conway

Professorial Research Fellow

Kate Gannon

Post-doctoral Researcher

Swenja Surminski

Head of Adaptation Research


Jon Hobbs

Senior Advisor

Christine Tam

Senior Advisor

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