The MBA for
Conservation
Leaders

Learn to lead in Conservation

THE NEED FOR A WORLD-CLASS MBA FOR CONSERVATION LEADERS

The world of conservation has grown in complexity. In addition to a firm conservation background, it’s leaders now need 21st century business skills to design and manage resilient businesses. They must manage large teams, raise capital, manage private and public sector stakeholders, leverage technology and data, while generating environmental and economic return on investments. Today's conservation leaders need a broad range of managerial, financial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills that will enable them to make lasting impact. To meet this need, ALU runs a specialization of the ALU School of Business’ Executive MBA program for conservation leaders
To meet this need, the School of Wildlife Conservation has partnered with ALU School of Business(ALUSB) to deliver industry-specific Conservation Leadership modules for professionals from sectors that use, depend on or impact Africa’s biodiversity.
ALU School of Business is developing a fresh approach to business education, by offering programmes that are tailored to the needs of a rising Africa! Their flagship programme is the first pan-African MBA programme of its kind. This 20-month, world-class programme is designed for rising business executives and professionals across the continent who aspire to lead change and transform Africa. The MBA programme is world-class, packed with African business case studies focused on the practical experience of doing business in the African continent.
Together with the conservation specialization delivered by the School of Wildlife Conservation, professionals contextualise their MBA learning with practical insights from carefully curated conservation topics and mentorship from leading conservation experts.
Click here to learn more about ALU School of Business and their unique MBA programme.

IS THE MBA FOR CONSERVATION LEADERS RIGHT FOR YOU?

• Are you passionate about nature?
• Are you keen to see conservation pay for itself?
• Are you a budding leader in the conservation field?
• Are you excited about the potential for conservation to contribute to
economic growth?

If these describe you then ALU's MBA for Conservation
Leaders is the boost you need for the next phase of your
career and conservation projects.

THE MBA FOR CONSERVATION LEADERS PROGRAMME

Our aim is to develop the next generation of leaders who will manage Africa’s unique natural assets for sustainable and inclusive human benefit. The programme combines the ALU School of Business’ rigorous 20-month MBA degree programme with a complementary learning journey in Conservation Leadership for full-time working professionals.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Conservation Leaders Programme is designed for emerging leaders in sectors that impact/depend on wildlife and natural landscapes and those who protect and support Africa’s natural capital. Candidates from the following sectors are especially encouraged to apply.
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WHAT MAKES THE MBA FOR CONSERVATION LEADERS UNIQUE?

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Conservation Leadership
Become a well-rounded business leader with vision, value and virtue
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Blended Learning
Leverage the flexibility to prepare for the next level of your career without stopping the work you love
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Business of Conservation
Change perspectives. See conservation as a pillar for economic growth, development and job creation that it truly can be
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African Network
Join a powerful network of decision-makers shaping conservation for the benefit of people and nature

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Gain managerial and leadership skills that will put you at the top of
Africa’s conservation talent

Develop insight to drive more effective government policies and to
manage the incredible complexities of conservation

Step out of the box to explore innovative business and financial models for
greater conservation impact

THE CONSERVATION LEARNING JOURNEY

The Conservation learning journey is closely aligned with the core MBA programme. It provides new knowledge and opportunities to apply insights from the MBA programme to the conservation sector.

SAMPLE MODULES

The module focuses on how companies can address their impacts and dependencies on ecosystems, wild fauna and flora. It investigates the biodiversity performance standards required by investors and increasingly expected by stakeholders. The module also explores various business approaches to biodiversity. In the module’s project, students assess the biodiversity performance of a commercial project in Africa in light of international investment standards.
This module explores how conservation is governed in Africa, including public-sector protected areas, private wildlife ranches, and community-based conservancies. Best practices for effective area-based conservation management in the context of alternative governance arrangements are reviewed. In the module’s project, students assess the environmental, economic and social sustainability of a conservation area’s management plan.
This module explores Africa’s wildlife economies including the international, continental, and local markets for wildlife goods and services and the opportunities for financing conservation enterprises through investments, grants, and subsidies. In the module’s project, students draft a bankable biodiversity business plan.

HOW TO APPLY

The Programme starts in October every year. Applications are open in March and close in August.
To apply for the MBA for Conservation Leaders cohort, applicants must first apply and gain admission to the MBA programme via the standard ALUSB admissions process. Preliminary admissions requirements for the ALUSB MBA are:
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• A full undergraduate degree.
• Have at least 5 years, post-graduate work experience with demonstrated career progression.
• Some management experience, with strong leadership potential.
• Currently, be in full-time employment
Applications for the Conservation Cohort are open yearly in March.

MBA APPLICATION DEADLINES

03 MAY 2021

Round 1
Application Deadline

21 JUNE 2021

Round 2
Application Deadline

02 AUGUST 2021

FINAL Round
Application Deadline

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The School of Wildlife Conservation awards scholarships to exceptional leaders interested in the Conservation Learning Journey to equip them for greater impact

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

CONSERVATION MBA STUDENT PROFILES. CLASSES OF 2019 - 2021

WHAT OUR ALUMNI AND STUDENTS ARE UP TO

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Terence Chambati

MBA Class of 2019
Co-Founder and CEO
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Samir Randera-Rees

MBA Class of 2020
CEO and Founder
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Juliet Kabera

MBA Class of 2021
Director General
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Sarah Mambu

MBA Class of 2021
Technical Advisor
GIZ, DR Congo
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Mejah Frederick Mbuya

MBA Class of 2020

FACULTY

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Francis Vorhies (Dr)
Academic Director
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Elizabeth Gitari
Part-time Faculty
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Fredric Maforimbo
Faculty
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Sue Snyman (Dr)
Research Director

GUEST SPEAKERS

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Brian Child
Associate professor at the University of Florida
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Helen Gichohi
Former President of African Wildlife Foundation and past board member of Kenya Wildlife Service
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Richard Vigne
CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
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Andre Aquino
Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice
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Michael O'Brien Onyeka
Senior VP of Conservation International’s Africa Field Division
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Anna Haw
Program Manager & Conservation Expert
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David MacDonald
Founder of Oxford WildCRU

SOME ORGANISATIONS WHERE OUR STUDENTS WORK