Paul Harrison is a nature conservationist, geographer and dedicated environment sector professional, bringing unique political, financing and technical strengths to the nature conservation sector through his broad professional experience. He has over 17 years work experience in the Africa, Asia and the U.K. in field conservation, project and programme management, conservation finance and policy.
Paul has worked variously as a senior U.N. official, as director of a highly regarded conservation consulting company and as a land manager of a field operation in Tanzania. Paul has an MSc. In Tourism, Environment and Development (2001) and a BA (Hons) in African Language and Culture (1999), both from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Paul Harrison is currently CEO of Kilimanyika Ltd, a natural resources management consultancy firm as well as Chairman of the Sound and Fair Group, a sustainable forest management enterprise. He was formerly the global lead on wildlife at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), guiding UNDP to assume an increasing financial and technical role in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade—working internally and through partnerships in promoting law enforcement, combatting wildlife and forest crime and wildlife trade issues worldwide. His work has led to the financing of several hundred million dollars into conservation efforts.
Paul has worked in ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and enforcement since the 1990s, with experience in substantial technical advisory roles, direct land and project management and business strategy and development.