Dr. Mohamed Bakarr is Lead Environmental Specialist in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat in Washington DC, where he oversees all major GEF programs designed to advance holistic and integrated solutions to global environmental challenges. His expertise covers a broad range of issues related to the natural resource management in the tropics, but focuses mainly on linkages among biodiversity conservation, agricultural land use, and human well-being.
Prior to joining the GEF, Mohamed was at Conservation International where he served in several capacities including as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. He also served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Director General at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mohamed is from Sierra Leone and holds a B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences from Njala University, and MS and PhD degrees in Tropical Ecology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.