Kaddu Sebunya Elected President of African Wildlife Foundation

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ --

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) (www.AWF.org) announced today it has elected Ugandan native Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya to serve as its new President. Sebunya will focus on advancing a clear policy agenda for wildlife as part of Africa's future, ensuring the continent's blueprint for development and growth includes space and protections for Africa's natural heritage.

"I am excited to be stepping into the role of president at a time when Africa's economies are surging, and when important decisions are being made as to how Africa should manage its natural resources responsibly and with accountability," said Sebunya. "The continent is undergoing a profound change, and we must help to guide this change so it benefits Africa's people and wildlife."

Sebunya began his career serving as a project manager with WaterAid and as a relief program officer with Oxfam UK. Beginning with his post as the Associate Director for the United States Peace Corps in Uganda, Sebunya's career began to focus more on conservation. He later served as a country program coordinator with the World Conservation Union-now the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN-and as a senior policy and planning advisor for Conservation International.

In 2006, Sebunya moved to Washington, DC and became AWF's Director of Programs. He developed and implemented a legislative program to engage U.S. lawmakers on issues affecting conservation and development in Africa. In 2013, he became Chief of Party for the USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program before transitioning to AWF's president.

Sebunya received his Bachelor's degree in Social and Political Science from Uganda's Makerere University and a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Resource Management and Policy from London's Imperial College. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Law, Policy and Diplomacy from Tufts University's The Fletcher School.

Contact:

Kathleen Garrigan, Media Relations Manager, +1 202 939 3326, kgarrigan@awf.org

About African Wildlife Foundation

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) (AWF.org) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs are designed to protect the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. AWF is headquartered in Kenya and registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States. For more information, visit awf.org. Follow AWF on Twitter @AWF_Official and at facebook.com/AfricanWildlifeFoundation.

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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

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