Kenyan carnivore ecologist and conservation policy scholar, and Director of Conservation Solutions Africa, Nanyuki, Kenya
Dr. Mordecai Ogada is a Kenyan carnivore ecologist and conservation policy scholar who has been involved in conservation policy and practice for over 20 years in Kenya and other parts of Africa. His work focuses on human-wildlife conflict mitigation, carnivore conservation, community-based conservation, wildlife policy, wetlands ecology, and conservation education. He holds a BSc in Zoology and MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Ecology. In the course of this work, Dr. Ogada has taught at Colorado State University and Michigan State University, focusing on the nexus between conservation and human rights. This includes a scholarly examination of the policy problems and prejudices that underlie the challenges of biodiversity conservation in the Global South. Dr. Ogada is the author of over 50 papers and articles on these issues, which form the central theme of The Big Conservation Lie (2017), a book focused on Kenya co-authored with John Mbaria. He currently serves as Director of Conservation Solutions Africa, a natural resource management consultancy firm based in Nanyuki, Kenya.