In the spirit of restructuring and scaling up more years of excellence and impact, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has appointed Dr. Joseph Daniel Onoja as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation .
Following the announced imminent departure of Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Onoja takes the helm of the affairs of the foundation to continue the great work of promoting the vision of a Nigeria, where people prosper while living in harmony with nature.
Onoja has been with the foundation since 2015 as Director of Technical Programs where he oversaw the implementation of projects and other activities across the country with an operational income of over half a billion naira from from donors around the world.
In addition, he acted as DG for a brief period in 2018. He has worked closely with Dr. Aminu-Kano over the past four years, which will ensure smooth implementation of plans, in particular the new Strategic Action Plan (SAP).
He holds a PhD in Conservation Biology from the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Plateau State, where he studied the extent and impact of human activities on birds and large mammals in Yankari Bauchi Game Reserve, Nigeria.
From 2009 to 2015 he was a research associate at the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and was involved in the design and implementation of conservation-based research. He also oversaw the implementation and completion of the Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Program (GEF/SGP) to promote rural participation in environmental protection through empowerment.
In 2013, Dr. Onoja was awarded the SL Edu Chief Fellowship among many hotly contested applications received and thus began his association with the NCF. He was invited to the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland as a visiting scholar in 2013 and 2015.
Onoja has participated in various scientific conferences, workshops and international meetings, both locally and internationally.