- Director, Maliasili Initiatives Ltd (Tanzania)
Fred Nelson has worked on community-based natural resource management, ecotourism, and conservation policy in eastern Africa since 1998. From 2000-2005 he served as the first Tanzania programme director for the Sand County Foundation Community Based Conservation Network, working with local pastoralist communities in northern Tanzania and helping to establish the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum. In 2007 he founded Maliasili Initiatives, a consulting firm working to address biodiversity conservation and natural resource management challenges using innovative, collaborative, and market-based strategies. He is a member of the IUCN Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy.
His publication credits include a range of popular articles and papers in journals such as Conservation Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Development and Change.