Dr. Joseph Okori

Dr. Joseph Okori

Regional Director, Southern Africa and Program Director, Landscape Conservation

Dr. Okori joined IFAW in 2017 to lead our landscape conservation programme and our Southern Africa Regional office based in Cape Town South Africa, where he will direct our work to save elephants, rhinos, lions and other African wildlife through the protection of critical landscapes, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict and ecologically sustainable community development projects.

IFAW Southern Africa also supports the efforts of SANCCOB to save South Africa’s endangered penguins and operates the Community-Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) project in the townships around Johannesburg and Cape Town veterinarian clinics, programmes that save dogs, cats, and other companion animals from cruelty and neglect.

Prior to joining IFAW, Dr. Okori led the global rhino conservation programme and spearheaded Africa-Asia trans-continental partnerships on rhino and elephant conservation for the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature out of their South Africa office. He also served as the WWF focal point for South African Development Community (SADC) in strategy development. In previous roles over his 19 years in conservation Dr. Okori has led innovative ranger and research projects focusing on DNA forensics as a tool for wildlife crime enforcement, as well as building strategic partnerships and advocating for long-term policy protections for wildlife in national and international flora.


African Rhino Programme Coordinator, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Principal Veterinary Officer, Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Republic of Botswana
Veterinary and Wildlife Partnership Coordinate, Uganda Wildlife Authority
Veterinary Researcher, Integrated Pastoral Development, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Animal Industry and Fisheries, Republic of Uganda

Memberships and Affiliations
Registered Veterinarian, Uganda and Botswana
Member, Wildlife Disease Association
Member, Avian Bird Flu Committee under Ministry of Health


Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MVM), Makerere University, Uganda
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM), Makerere University, Uganda
Certificate in Management of Information Systems, Uganda Wildlife Authority
Certificate in Wildlife Forensics on DNA Sampling, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Certificate in Veterinary Epidemiology, Makerere University, Uganda