October 15, 2021
Mr. Ajagbe brings 20 years of conservation experience across Africa. He has worked at the intersection of the environment and development sectors to deliver solutions that benefit people and nature. In this new role, Mr. Ajagbe will lead TNC’s efforts to execute strategies in Africa to address some of the planet’s greatest challenges by leveraging his extensive experience working with international organizations, intergovernmental agencies and the industry. Business.
“Ademola is joining TNC at exactly the right time as we work to tackle the dual biodiversity and climate crisis,” said Matt Brown, managing director of global conservation at TNC. “His experience working in the field of conservation across Africa, coupled with his formidable leadership skills, will help us take our work to the next level as we strive to protect the unique natural wonders of the continent, d ” improve people’s lives and support vibrant and sustainable economies. “
TNC’s work in Africa spans nine countries and includes working with local communities to strengthen community resource rights, governance and livelihoods; leverage public-private partnerships that invest to conserve freshwater; and combine science with government relations and innovative financing to protect the ocean.
“The African continent is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Yet he is also ready to play a leading role in his fight, ”Ajagbe said. “From ambitious renewable energy and smart development goals and protecting freshwater resources to influencing how land is used to increase crop yields in a sustainable manner, The Nature Conservancy works in across the region on smart, scientific, collaborative and scalable solutions. I I look forward to joining the organization at such a critical time to help us achieve our goals. “
Prior to his appointment as Africa Program Director of BirdLife International, Mr. Ajagbe served as Chief Conservation Officer and Team Leader for Conservation Policy and Action within the organization. He has also held leadership positions at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Geomatics Nigeria, Zartech Agricultural Farm and Yankari National Park.
He holds a B.Tech. Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and MSc in Conservation Biology from AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria.
Originally from Nigeria, he is passionate about ornithology and in his spare time enjoys taking long nature walks, admiring the wonders and beauty of nature.