Dr. Alex O. AWITI
Director, East African Institute
Alex O. Awiti is the Director of the East African Institute, a policy research, analysis, capacity building and public engagement platform of the Aga Khan University. As an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he also leads the curriculum design for one of the most innovative liberal arts based undergraduate programmes in Africa
Prior to joining the Aga Khan University, Awiti was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. He was also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Awiti began his research, academic and policy career 17 years ago at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi where he served in several roles including Regional Research Fellow, GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst and Landscape Ecologist.
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 was one of the speakers at TEDx Nairobi 2013.
Mr. Awiti holds a PhD in Ecosystems Ecology from University of Nairobi and is an alumnus of the prestigious Earth Institute Fellowship of Columbia University in New York.