TITLE: Associate Professor
QUALIFICATIONS: PhD, Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town), MSc, Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town), BEd (Hons), Science (Moi University)
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Institutional Shifts related to Social and Environmental Responsibility, Responsible and Sustainable Investment, Business in Africa, Entrepreneurial development in African emerging markets, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation
Dr Amis researches and consults on various sustainability issues globally such as climate finance, climate smart agriculture, water strategy and planning, green entrepreneurship, inclusive business models, corporate sustainability strategies etc. Recently he has started to dedicate most of his effort to building leaders for the green economy, and establishing platforms for dialogue. He is extremely passionate about the opportunities presented by the green economy, and how green entrepreneurship can be used to alleviate poverty, and lead the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient economies in Africa.
Dr Amis is the founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green economy (AfriCGE), a non-profit think tank. He is also convener of the New Economy Accelerator (NEA), an investment readiness programme for social and green entrepreneurs. Prior to AfriCGE he worked as a programme manager for WWF-South Africa, and as a strategy consultant on water and climate change for a global management-consulting firm. During his tenure at WWF, he co-convened the first UN CEO Water Mandate in South Africa, which eventually led to an innovative water stewardship partnership between the department of Water Affairs and the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dr Mao Amis trained as a conservation biologist at the University of Cape Town (UCT), graduating with an MSc and PhD in Conservation Biology. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Education, from Moi University (Kenya). Dr Amis has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous global conferences on sustainability and the green economy. While completing his PhD In 2007, he won an international prize by the Society for Conservation Biology, for his paper entitled “Do freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity priorities overlap in conservation assessments?"