Dr Apollinaire William is Deputy Executive Director of ARCOS Network since 2020. Apollinaire is a professionally qualified environmental scientist, with over 10 years of experience in ecology and conservation at international, regional and national level. He is a trainer in spatial planning and analysis by training. He coordinated capacity building for spatial analysis and planning through the Regional Network for Educators and Practitioners in the Albertine Rift region. He was Program Manager for the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at Antioch University New England in the US from 2010 to 2013. He led the development of a certificate program in practical spatial planning and analysis and coordinated GIS/Remote Sensing projects at Antioch University New England in 2014-2016. Dr William worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Lake Tanganyika Spatial Scientist for the Africa Programme since 2017. In this position, he provided management support for the design and implementation of community-based smart-agriculture, afforestation and agroforestry by providing trainings to community agricultural workers to bridge scarcity gap among government extension services in most remote areas within the Lake Tanganyika Basin.
Before joining the ARCOS Network, Dr William worked as Research Fellow at the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management in Rwanda, where he supported research and consultation works that include for example the development of management plans for degraded catchments in Rwanda in the face of environmental and climate change. Apollinaire has a long experience in community-centered capacity building for sustainable natural resource management. He has been involved in capacity building for natural resource management and climate change adaptation planning in academic, governmental and research communities in Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Dr.Congo and USA since 2010. Apollinaire did his undergraduate studies in Biology at the National University of Rwanda and pursued his MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Redlands in the USA. He successfully completed his PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England in the USA, where he also received a Murdoch’s award for distinguished, innovative scholar in 2016.
Dr William loves hiking, singing and most of all working hand-in-hand with various stakeholders for sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.