Seif Hamisi

  • TNC Africa Oceans Strategy Director
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Oct 16, 2019
Full time Government/Nonprofit

Personal Summary

Dr Seif Mutinda Hamisi is a career natural resources management and community development specialist from Kenya, a conservation biologist with extensive experience spanning 20 years in natural resources management and community development in East and southern Africa.

Currently Seif is currently is the Africa Regional Conservation Priority Initiatives lead at the same time acting as Interim Conservation Director for Africa. Seif held the position of Conservation manager for Zambia for 3 years and a quarter during which time he also was Acting Country Director for one year. Seif is a results oriented, down- to- earth person with a pleasant personality, least conflictive, team builder, who listens to other people’s opinion, while keeping focus on what could yield results. Seif is an effective, robust and decisive executive who creates and build value in organization’s development chain. This has been demonstrated in the 8 months I have lead Africa in the Conservation Priority Initiatives, the over three years I worked with WWF Zambia as the Conservation Manager including one year as Acting Country Director and in all the other institutions that I worked in

Work Experience

Africa Conservation Priorities lead
Jan 2019 - Dec 2019 WWF Regional Office for Africa

Main responsibilities:

1. Africa Conservation priorities for stakeholder engagement and NET endorsement:

  • Facilitate the development of the revised Africa conservation priorities in collaboration with the core group.
  • Identify key threats and opportunities for greatest relevance and impact on people and nature.
  • Facilitate the development of comprehensive key landscapes that lead to an integrated approach with significant impact on people and nature in Africa.
  • Facilitate the development of key initiatives with greatest relevance and impact on people and nature.
  • Establish clarity on creative partnerships required for influence and implementation of Africa’s conservation priorities.
  • Establish funding requirements, opportunities and relationships to deliver on Africa’s Conservation Priorities.

 2. Enhancement of practice engagement in Africa

  • Evaluate and identify engagement and support needs for Practice focal points
  • Develop and provide recommendations at Conservation Practice Forum (CPF) and an action plan on delivery.
  • Design role clarity framework for Conservation Directors and Country Directors and engage them accordingly within practice framework
  • Establish a monitoring and feedback mechanism with Practice Leaders through periodic calls and meetings.

 3. Initiative design development as prioritized by Africa Conservation Priorities (ACP) and practice leadership:

  • Collate initiatives’ status and develop an action plan linked to Africa (central, southern and east Africa).
  • Develop support requirements and engage accordingly with each initiative process.
  • Collate prototype landscapes status and related integrated approach and develop an action plan.
  • Support in the establishment of core group to drive the prototype landscapes. Support in the identification of landscapes leadership and mobilising initial funding for the landscapes.
  • Participate in integrated landscape planning and design meetings.
  • Engage practice leadership to identify support requirements and develop a tracking system to monitor and foster progress of programme design.



PhD in conservation biology
Oct 1997 - May 2003 University of Nairobi