Alex O. Awiti is the Director of the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University; a regional platform for policy oriented research, public engagement and capacity building. He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on education, conservation, agriculture and food systems, population health, climate change, urbanization and natural resource governance. As a public intellectual, Awiti maintains an active blog (www.envidevpolicy.org) and writes regular op-eds for leading East African newspapers. He sits the on the board of the Resilience Alliance (http://www.resalliance.org/). Awiti is also the Africa editor for the Environmental Development Journal.

Prior to joining Aga Khan University Awiti was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. For eight years Awiti was Associate Landscape Ecologist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Mr. Awiti holds a PhD in Ecosystems Ecology from University of Nairobi,Kenya