Nigel Derek Hunter

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Nigel Derek Hunter, Executive Director, East African Wildlife Society.

"Nigel brings on board extensive experience in conservation policy and practice on land, natural resources and wildlife. His professional experience started with hands-on work as farm manager of 2,000 acre dairy, maize and coffee farm in Kenya from 1962. He then moved on to Malawi to develop a Land Husbandry unit within the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the period 1972 to 1978.

"Perhaps the most notable contribution in Malawi was the setting up of a Land Husbandry Training Centre for soil and water conservation technical staff. His last assignment in Malawi was capacity building in the same ministry as Senior Physical Planner for the period 1978 to 1980. Nigel then moved on to Botswana to work in various capacities between 1981 to 1995. During this period he served as leader of a pilot integrated farming project, National Co-ordinator of Land Use Planning, and Director of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

"It was from this last engagement in Botswana that he began his hands-on experience with wildlife management. From Botswana, he changed working base to serve as wildlife and natural resource management specialist at the Natural Resource Institute of the University of Greenwich in UK between 1995 and 1999. During this period, he also served as the Project Manager of Biodiversity in Development Support Network.

"He was then appointed as Head of Natural Resources Management Department of that University in 1999 and served in that position till 2001. He the moved on to become Director of the CITES Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme at CITES Secretariat/IUCN East Africa Regional Office in Kenya between 2001 and 2006. His last engagement prior to joining us was service as Senior Technical Advisor with IUCN East Africa Regional Office in Kenya." [1]

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  1. Chairs message, East African Wildlife Society, accessed June 11, 2010.