Malika Virah-Sawmy

After an early career as a field conservationist working on threatened species and ecosystem management in the Indian Ocean Islands, Malika Virah-Sawmy became increasingly committed to addressing broader issues of sustainability. Since 2004, she has been working in Madagascar with local communities, businesses, NGOs and government to find shared solutions for building socio-ecological sustainability in various sectors, with a focus on production practices relying on natural resources. In Madagascar, she also coordinated WWF’s Terrestrial Conservation Programme, where she provided leadership in broad-ranging project interventions and policy engagement, including community-led protected area creation and management, community forestry, and sustainable agriculture.