Fiesta Warinwa is director of the conservation program at the African Wildlife Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She previously served the organization as director of corporates and foundations, director of policy engagement and Kenya country director.


The illegal trade and trafficking of wild flora and fauna pose environmental risks with implications beyond species extinction and animal welfare, although those impacts are substantial. To help address the problem in Africa, the research and policy communities must work closely along a broad spectrum of fields, among them conservation and criminology.