Alexandra  Zimmermann

Alexandra Zimmermann

Senior Advisor, Global Wildlife Program

Alexandra Zimmermann is a senior advisor with the Global Wildlife Program. She is an interdisciplinary scientist specializing in conflict resolution in biodiversity and wildlife conflicts. For the past 20years she has worked particularly on human-wildlife conflict (HWC) and other biodiversity conflicts around the globe. This has included conflicts over jaguars and pumas in Brazil and Venezuela, elephants in India and Indonesia, tigers in Nepal, bears in Bolivia, and fruit bats in Mauritius. Her work focusses on the underlying social causes of conflict, community-led solutions, dialogue and negotiation, training, and policy development. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, the founding Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, and a Chief Editor for the journal Frontiers in Conservation Science. She is also a Member of several IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist groups, and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. She was previously with Chester Zoo in the UK for 18 years as Head of Conservation Science focusing on R&D and strategy. She studied Zoology (BSc, Leeds), Conservation Biology (MSc, DICE) conservation social sciences (PhD, Oxford), and trained in non-profit management at Harvard Business School, dispute and conflict negotiation at Harvard Law School and multilateral negotiation at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.