As Director of IFAW’s Wildlife Crime Program, Matt is responsible for the development and implementation of IFAW’s global strategy to combat wildlife crime and supports IFAW teams on the ground with inputs to our wide range of projects that take the fight to wildlife criminals.
With over 15 years’ experience working across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, it took Matt a few steps to get into the conservation field and be able to blend his personal love for wildlife and wild places with his background in international development. After managing the multimillion-dollar Civil Society Environment Fund in Zambia, he joined Game Rangers International, working on law enforcement work, protected area management and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of elephants and primates. It was at GRI that Matt first worked with IFAW who are key partners for GRI’s Elephant Orphanage Project and supported the organization’s early work on countering wildlife traffickers. He subsequently worked for Jane Goodall Institute, supporting projects in Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo before joining IFAW in 2019.
Matt has a BA in War Studies from King’s College London and an MSC in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Associate Director, Program and Analysis, Jane Goodall Institute United States
General Manager, Game Rangers International Zambia
Fund Manager – Civil Society Environment Fund Zambia
Program Manager, DFID Public Financial Management Program Lesotho
Program Manager, DFID Priority Support Programme Lesotho
Commissioned Services Coordinator, DFID Resource Centre for Environment United Kingdom
BA War Studies, Kings College London, University of London United Kingdom
MSc Violence Conflict and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London United Kingdom