Malika Virah-Sawmy

Lecturer in Ecosystem Management, UNSW

After an early career as a field conservationist working on threatened species and ecosystem management, I became increasingly committed to addressing broader issues of sustainability. During the last 8 years, I have been working with local communities, businesses, NGOs, government, and research organisations to find shared solutions for building socio-ecological sustainability in various sectors, with a focus on production practices relying on natural resources. In Madagascar, I also coordinated WWF’s Conservation Programme including numerous REDD projects with NORAD and Air France. Since moving to Australia in mid-2012, I have been working on sustainable agriculture, responsible mining, and conservation governance including REDD in Australian and African contexts in collaboration with various institutions (WWF, ANU, UNSW and UCT).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Ecosystem Management, University of New South Wales
  • 2009–2012
    WWF Terrestrial Coordinator, WWF Madagascar


  • 2009 
    University of Oxford, DPhil in Geography and the Environment