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Director, Information Science, World Wildlife Fund

Nasser Olwero

Nasser Olwero is a conservation information systems scientist with over 20 years experience. His interest is in conservation science and technology examining and applying various information systems to support global conservation. His early conservation projects include savannah herbivore dynamics and human elephant conflict prediction using NDVI in Laikipia, Kenya and later natural capital modeling and land use change scenarios analysis. He has a long history of GIS analysis and modeling, data management and curation, hardware and software management, database management systems, server administration, networking, computer aided design, web programming, graphics and visualization. Since joining the World Wildlife Fund, he has developed interest in Natural Capital initially leading software tool development for the Natural Capital Project’s InVEST suite of tools. He has been involved in various natural capital projects and training in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Indonesia, Thailand, Bhutan, Mexico, Myanmar and Cambodia. Among his interests are i) conservation data development and management in support of various conservation initiatives ii) mapping stakeholder driven scenarios iii) Service Design and Innovation as a means of amplifying impact of conservation projects. He advises on conservation technology applications and has developed and managed of various web platforms that support conservation both as interactive tools and data repositories. Currently a team member of MERMAID (, an online-offline database that is aiming to revolutionize the way coral reef data is collected, managed, visualized and utilized. He holds an MPhil. Degree in Environmental Information Systems from Moi University, Kenya.