Experts & Staff

WRI brings together 1,400 experts and other staff in working in seven programs: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and the ocean and four centers of excellence for business, economics, finance and governance. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce data-based solutions that generate real change on the ground.

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50 Featured Experts



Wanjira Mathai

Vice President and Regional Director for Africa

Wanjira Mathai

Aklilu Fikresilassie

Director, Thriving Resilient Cities, WRI Africa; Representative of WRI in Ethiopia

Program Experts & Staff

Iman Abdulwassi Abubaker

Urban Mobility Project Manager, WRI Africa

Zablon Adane


Sofia Ahmed

Research Associate, WRI Africa

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Selam Alebel

Operations Director, WRI Africa

Agraw Ali

GIS Research Analyst, WRI Africa

Bernadette Arakwiye

Research Associate, Forest Program, WRI Africa

Elleni Ashebir

Program Manger, Cities and Urban Mobility, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Prince Baraka Lucungu

Natural Resources Policy Expert

Abiyot Dagne Belay

Research Associate, WRI Africa

Niamh Brannigan

Communications and Engagement Director, WRI Africa

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Susan Chomba

Director of Vital Landscapes, WRI Africa

Susan Chomba

Angel Cibemba

Communications Specialist Central and West Africa

Nii Darko Darko

Research Analyst II, Cities Program, WRI Africa

Achille Djeagou Tchoffo

Technical Assistant OTP, Congo Basin

Beakal Fasil

Communications and Engagement Specialist, The New Climate Economy, WRI Africa

Solomon Tsehay Feleke

Senior Economist, The New Climate Economy

Elie Hakizumwami

DRC Country Manager

Jiregna Hirpa

Transport Planner, WRI Africa

Jiregna Hirpa

Benson Ireri

Africa Lead, Energy Access

Tsion Issayas

Senior Communications Manager, WRI Africa

Tsion Issayas

Samuel Kabiru

Manager, The Land Accelerator, WRI Africa

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Kendie Kenmoe

Technical Manager for Central and West Africa

Roger Mambeta

Forest Atlas Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo

Joseph Mangouende

National Technical Assistant, Republic of Congo

Emmerentian Mbabazi

Project Specialist II, Cities Program, WRI Africa

Tshims Mbala

Driver and Logistics Assistant, DRC Office

Duclaire Mbouna

Principal Advisor, Cameroon

Haileselassie Medhin

Africa Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Peter Ndunda

Senior Associate, AFR100, Global Restoration Initiative

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Kevin Nfor

Technical Assistant, Central Africa Forest Initiative

Patrice Ngoy Lusambya

Central Africa Operations Manager

Joelle Nkosi Boeli

Natural Resource Governance Assistant, Democratic Republic of Congo

Teodyl Nkuintchua

Country Manager For The Republic Of Congo

Stevanche Nzingoula Loufouma

Technical Assistant, Republic of Congo

Serge Rafanoharana

Remote Sensing & Database Manager, Madagascar Program

Andry Rasamuel

IT & Communications Officer, Madagascar Program

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