Bernadette Arakwiye manages WRI’s contributions to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and she serves as an in-country liaison for WRI in Rwanda. In her previous roles at WRI, she supported restoration monitoring activities in African countries.

Before joining WRI, Bernadette conducted environmental research in African landscapes, working as a Research Associate with Conservation International in USA and as a Research Assistant with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda. Bernadette has also supported WRI research projects in Rwanda, on a consultancy-basis between 2016 and 2020.

Bernadette received a PhD in Geography from Clark University in Massachusetts; her NASA-funded dissertation research is titled: ‘Forest cover change in Western Rwanda during periods of wars and environmental policy shifts: Dynamics, drivers, and ecological outcomes’. She received an MSc in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a BSc in Biology from the University of Rwanda.