Africa Region Director, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Alice Ruhweza is a global thought leader and practitioner with extensive experience working at the intersection of Conservation, Development and the Environment in Africa and globally, fostering successful partnerships with a wide range of international institutions. She is currently the Africa Region Director for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where she leads and oversees a regional program comprising 10 countries and over 600 staff. There she is leading design of a new conservation framework that brings together work at national, transboundary and global levels, as well as development of a new system of program quality assurance. She sits on the Board of the CGIAR, the Global Ever-Greening Alliance and on the steering committee of the Future Earth Water-Food-Energy Nexus working group. She is also co-chair of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Aquaculture 2030 working group.
Before joining WWF, she was Vice President of Programs and Partnerships with Conservation International, where she oversaw the Vital Signs Program, which provides data and diagnostic tools to help inform agricultural decisions and monitor outcomes around the world. She was also the Team Leader and Technical Adviser for the United Nations Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit in Africa. In this role, she led a team supporting 44 countries to attract and drive public and private finance towards their sustainable development priorities. She is an Aspen New Voices Fellow; a Henry Arnhold Conservation Fellow; and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. She holds an MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics.