Mohamed Imam Bakarr
Dr. Mohamed Bakarr is currently Lead Environmental Specialist in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat located at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the GEF, Mohamed was Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International (CI), where he led a team of over 60 scientists and professionals engaged in high quality research to support global biodiversity conservation efforts by CI and partners. Mohamed also served for four years as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Director General at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mohamed has expertise in a broad range of issues related to the tropics, but focuses mainly on linkages among biodiversity conservation, agriculture, and human livelihoods in the African rainforest regions. Mohamed obtained his MS (1992) and PhD (1997) degrees in Tropical Biology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, while on a USAID funded African Graduate Fellowship, and earned a BS in Biological Sciences at Njala University, Sierra Leone.