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Nasser Olwero

Director, Information Science
Nasser Olwero is a conservation information systems scientist with over 16 years experience.  His interest is in conservation science and technology examining and applying various information systems to aid conservation efforts around the world. He has worked on projects such as examining savannah herbivore dynamics and human elephant conflict prediction using NDVI, mapping and modeling ecosystem services and developing spatially explicit land use change scenarios. He blends the fields of conservation and technology with a long history of spatial data analysis and modeling, data management and curation, hardware and software management, database management systems, Linux server administration, networking, computer aided design, web programming, graphics and visualization. Since joining the World Wildlife Fund in 2006, he has developed deep interest in ecosystem services modeling initially leading software tool development for the Natural Capital Project’s InVEST suite of tools in python geoprocessing environment.  He has been involved in various ecosystem services analysis and training in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Indonesia, Thailand, Bhutan, Mexico, Myanmar and Cambodia. His current interests are i) developing data collation, distribution and management systems and standards for the conservation field and ii) developing spatially explicit scenarios using stakeholder driven input and using these to evaluate the potential impact on ecosystem service provision.  Nasser is currently the Director of Information Science and acting lead of the Science and Innovation group at WWF US. He advises on technology application creating an interface between conservation science and Information Technology and Systems and has built various web based tools to support conservation e.g. feow.orghydrosheds.orgmpacollaboration.net and mpamystery.org. He holds an MPhil. Degree in Environmental Information Systems from Moi University, Kenya.