Wilderness Trust board member Olivia Mufute

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Olivia Mufute

Olivia is the current African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Zimbabwe Country Director. She has over 25 years of experience in wildlife conservation, natural resources management, ecology, policy development, and implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements, including CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Olivia is responsible for overseeing the implementation of AWF projects that address natural resources governance, wildlife-based enterprise development, community development, human wildlife conflict mitigation, anti-poaching, and transboundary collaboration.


Under her leadership, AWF Zimbabwe supported the government in producing the inaugural Zimbabwe Biodiversity Economy Report, which outlines the economic contribution of nature to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The report outlines an economic blueprint with business and financial models for unlocking the potential value of nature to the economy of Zimbabwe. This strategic report will inform development policies that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Zimbabwe’s natural resources.


Prior to joining the AWF, Olivia was the Chief Ecologist and Head of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, responsible for negotiating Zimbabwe’s position in regional and international agreements. She worked closely and developed strong partnerships with government departments, local communities, multi-lateral institutions, Civil Society Organisations, and development partners on key biodiversity conservation issues for Zimbabwe.


Olivia graduated with an MSc in Ecology and Natural Resources Management from the Kharkov State University in Ukraine, and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation in the International Framework from the International University of Andalusia, Spain. She also holds several post-graduate professional qualifications from institutions in Italy, Israel, China, and Zimbabwe.

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