Michael Masozera

Dr. Michel Masozera is the Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Rwanda Program. He is an experienced professional in the field of biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and sustainable development. For 20 years, he has served in various capacities including Coordinator of the Community Conservation and Outreach Program, Director of the Nyungwe Forest Conservation Project and Program Leader of Payments for Ecosystem Services. He was instrumental for the creation of Nyungwe Forest National Park in 2004, one of the largest remaining mountain forests in Rwanda. His achievements were recognized by the National Geographic/Buffet Award for Leadership in African Conservation in 2004. Under his leadership, WCS has initiated a national committee with the Rwandese Government to explore how to mainstream ecosystem services into decision making and economic development. Michel currently serves as a national steering committee member on natural capital accounting in Rwanda. He is the past president of the African Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. Michel received M.Sc. degree in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources with specialization in Ecological Economics from the University of Vermont.