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ICCB 2023 Steering Committee

The ICCB 2023 Steering Committee works in coordination with SCB Global Services in the organization and planning ICCB.

The Steering Committee includes scientists and SCB staff who work together to identify ICCB priorities, coordinate the work of ICCB subcommittees, and ensure that ICCB meets the goals established for SCB conferences. 

The Committee also provides insights related to the ICCB budget, works to ensure that ICCB is a safe, inclusive, diverse and equitable congress, assesses and works to minimize risk, and supports fundraising efforts and the identification of Congress partners. 

The Committee is led by a chair, two co-chairs, and a vice-chair. At-large members include the president of the Africa Section, the chair of the ICCB Scientific Program Committee, the chairs of the ICCB Local Organizing Committee, and the chair of the ICCB Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee. 

Meet the ICCB 2023 Steering Committee

Clockwise: Badru Mugerwa,  John Cigliano, Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba, Israel Borokini, Felix Ndagijimana, Nate Spillman, Tsitsi McPherson and Elizabeth Tolu Ojo. 

Badru Mugerwa 

I am a Ugandan conservationist, and  a PhD candidate at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany. I hold a BSc in Forestry,  two MSc in Biology and a PgD in International Wildlife Conservation Practice. I am the President-Elect for the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)’s Africa Section. I am a founder of Embaka- Saving African Golden Cats, a local community based conservation NGO working with local communities to stop poaching in Uganda.

Fun fact: I am the only Ugandan vegetarian I know!

Elizabeth Tolu Ojo 

Elizabeth serves as Director of Operations for the School of Wildlife Conservation, African Leadership University where she oversees strategic planning and execution of the school's internal and external activities. She is responsible for implementing the school's strategy and rolling out it’s different programmes, which are all focused on developing and connecting high-impact, ethical, and entrepreneurial African leaders for conservation. 

Her passion sits at the nexus of environmental management and education - preparing the next generation of stewards to solve environmental problems and effectively manage our natural capital. 
Prior to joining ALU, Elizabeth worked with the African Wildlife Foundation in its Conservation Management and Leadership program in Nairobi, Kenya. At AWF,  she worked primarily on the African Conservation Schools program across Zambia, Ethiopia, DRC, Tanzania and Uganda. 
Elizabeth also leads an ad hoc team of staff and volunteers that host the Business of Conservation Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board. The 2019 gathering included 24 sessions and convened 324 global leaders from over 50 countries in conservation and its intersecting sectors.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The School of Wildlife Conservation has been featured in Travel Africa magazine (May 2019) and High Life, the monthly inflight magazine for British Airways (Sept 2019). Elizabeth is also a wife, a mother and a leader in the growing teenage ministry of her local church.
Israel Borokini

PhD candidate, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, (b) Adjunct faculty, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno Nevada, (c) Fellow, United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES. 

 I am an early career researcher with focus on plant biogeography, invasive species, indigenous knowledge and conservation biology. I am particularly interested in species distributions and the niche theory, while my current work in Africa focuses on naturalised and invasive species management, and phytogeography of West African species.  ICCBs provide unique networking and capacity building opportunities, and I met some of my closest friends and colleagues in past ICCBs. I am currently SCB Africa section President, and have been involved with the section administration and activities since 2015. Africa section is excited to host the 30th ICCB!

I love traveling, watching tennis, and the natural outdoors, and participate frequently in hiking, mountaineering, camping and traveling. In my free times, I play soccer with friends and colleagues. 

John A. Cigliano 

Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Conservation at Cedar Crest College (USA), adjunct research faculty at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park (USA), and an Earthwatch Institute Principal Investigator

My background is in behavioral ecology, marine conservation ecology, and marine conservation education and my current research interests include the effects of ocean acidification and warming on temperate rocky intertidal organisms and communities and the effects of captivity on the behavior of zoo animals. I am currently the President of the Participatory and Citizen Science Working group of SCB and Past President of the Marine Section of SCB. This is the fourth ICCB that I have helped organize as chair or co-chair and I have helped organize four International Marine Conservation Congresses for the Marine Section.

Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba

I am a Research Professor at the Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico,  at its campus in Morelia (Mexico). I moved to Mexico 10 years ago for a postdoc and then just stayed. 

At the Institute, I lead the research group on ecology and social implications of community forest management where we work on trying to understand the social and ecological dynamics of managing forests in the tropics, particularly in terms of how sustainability is conceptualized by multiple actors and how it manifests in policy and practice. I mostly study charcoal production systems in Mexico and East Africa where the sustainability discourses of the charcoal sector in both regions never cease to provide intriguing material to explore with students and colleagues. I also study natural resource management more generally, using participatory processes and combining traditional and scientific knowledge to build bridges across sectors and conservation actors.

Nate Spillman

Nate Spillman is SCB's Communications and Membership Director and the staff liaison to the Society's Conference Committee. He has worked for SCB for nearly ten years and helped plan four of the last five ICCBs. 

Tsitsi McPherson

Tsitsi chairs SCB's Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee and is the president-elect of the Society's Latin America and Caribbean Section. 

Felix Ndagijimana

Director at Karisoke Research Center/Fossey Fund