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Malika Virah-Sawmy

Visiting Scientist, Humboldt University of Berlin

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 several 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.

My research concerns the agriculture-energy-environment nexus. My work in this field has involved improving sustainability standards, establishing deforestation-free supply chains, defining low-carbon pathways for urban development, enabling equitable green growth and responsible mining.

Previously, I have worked for many years in conservation and agricultural programmes in Madagascar, Congo and several Indian Ocean islands.


  • –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