Philip Osano

Philip Osano

Chair of the UNU-IAS Board; Centre Director at Stockholm Environment Institute Africa


Philip Osano is an environmental policy expert with an interest in environmental policy, development, and international affairs. 

He has 15 years of experience in applied research, project management, policy analysis, and university teaching, and has worked in over 10 countries in Africa, Canada, and the United States.

Dr. Osano currently serves as the Center Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Africa Center and coordinates multiple research projects and policy engagement in the fields of biodiversity and ecosystems; land use change; pastoral and rangeland management; climate change adaptation; air quality; agricultural policy; water and land management; and integrated environmental planning. He is also a lead author of the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Dr. Osano holds a PhD in Geography (Environmental Policy) from McGill University, Canada, an MSc (Conservation Biology) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a BSc (Environmental Science) from Egerton University in Kenya.