Dr. Nina Wambiji – Chief Research Officer


Dr. Nina Wambiji is a globally renowned marine scientist with extensive experience working in fisheries and marine resource management in Kenya, across the Western Indian Ocean region, and globally. She was formerly the Assistant Director for the Fisheries Department at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), where she led a team of scientists in the strategic planning, coordination and execution of interdisciplinary and collaborative research-related to fisheries management at national, transboundary and global levels.

Dr. Wambiji sits on the board of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) as the Vice President and was recently selected to serve on the United Nations Ocean Decade Advisory Board. In 2023, she received the Society for Conservation Biology Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award. She is also a 2022 Women for the Environment Africa Fellow, a 2020 Pew Marine Fellow, and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career. 

Dr. Wambiji now serves as the Chief Research Officer for Mpala, bringing nearly two decades of successful research experience. She is committed to mentoring and coaching young and upcoming scientists, having supervised Master’s and Ph.D. students and continues to foster partnerships across multiple generations of conservation leaders.