Founder and Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives
Fred Nelson is the founder and executive director of Maliasili Initiatives, an organization that works with leading African conservation organizations to help them become more effective and impactful organizations. He has worked on natural resource management and sustainable development in East Africa since 1998, with eleven years spent living and working on the ground in Tanzania. He’s served as both director and board member of leading conservation organizations in Tanzania, and has worked with a wide range of local and international groups to design and facilitate community-based conservation initiatives with local communities in northern Tanzania. His work has been published in journals such as Development and Change, Conservation Biology, Oryx, and Biodiversity & Conservation, and he is the editor of the volume Community Rights, Conservation and Contested Land: The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Africa (Earthscan, 2010).