Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki is a Soil Systems Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research focuses on landscape-scale assessments of soil and land health, developing soil organic carbon stock accounting methodologies and assessing socio-ecological drivers of productivity and land degradation across diverse landscapes. She is committed to work with smallholder farmers to increase their on-farm productivity and improve their livelihoods, which includes developing and implementing innovative tools for interacting with farmers to learn from their experiences and develop context-specific approaches to land restoration. She is involved in implementing global assessments of ecosystem health through the Sentinel Landscapes Initiative of CGIAR and through the climate-smart villages within CCAFS. She currently leads an IFAD-EC funded initiative on Restoration of Degraded Lands in East Africa and the Sahel (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/project/restoration-degraded-land-food-security-and-poverty-reduction-east-africa-and-sahel-taking), as well as a DFID-funded project on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in east and southern Africa (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/project/bringing-evidence-bear-negotiating-ecosystem-service-and-livelihood-trade-offs-sustainable).
Recently, she was nominated as a landscape laurel: