Kaddu Sebunya

President of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

Kaddu Sebunya is the primary spokesperson for the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF). As President, he oversees AWF strategy and works with governments, African Union, private sector, international organizations and civil society to raise awareness and understanding of the role of ecosystems, wildlife and wildlands in socio-economic development.

A veteran conservationist with experience in sustainable resource management, government relations, strategy and international development, Kaddu is passionate about inspiring leaders to implement policies that empower communities to create wealth for long-term economic and political stability as well as sustainable development.

Kaddu believes we are the luckiest generation of Africans to live on a continent that is prospering and peaceful, but is concerned that time is fast running out to eradicate poverty and disease and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Kaddu believes that conservation and economic development need not be mutually exclusive. Without stopping the pace of development, he says, we can make better choices to ensure wildlife and wildlands thrive in a modern Africa. African governments can still build roads, railways and bridges and conserve wildlife and wildlands because of technological advancement that reduce destruction of habitats and displacement of people.

Kaddu previously worked with UNESCO in Paris, Water Aid, Oxfam, Peace Corps, Conservation International, Solimar International, and AWF. He holds a social science Bachelor’s degree from Makerere University and two Master’s degrees — an M.A. in law, policy and diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and an M.S. in sustainable resource management and policy from Imperial College at Wye, London University.