Mohamed F. Sessay is Regional Coordinator for Africa for Land Degradation within the Division of GEF Coordination, United Nations Environment Programme, in Nairobi, Kenya. Sessay coordinates implementation of various projects on integrated natural resource management (INRM), sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation in Africa. Sessay has been working for UNEP/DGEF since May 2002.
He received his Master's Degree in Soil Science from the University of Florida in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in 1992. He has lectured in natural resources management and development in a number of universities in the United Kingdom (University of East Anglia and University of Leeds) and in Africa (Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone) and has also served as Research Fellow at Kings College London and University of Sussex and as Visiting Researcher at Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal. He has researched and published on issues of refugees and environmental change and natural resource management in various regions of Africa and recently on assessment and modeling of soil organic carbon stocks and sequestration in soils in the tropics.