Arne Witt is currently the coordinator for Invasive Species for CABI Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. Arne is responsible for coordinating all CABI activities associated with Invasive Alien Species (IAS) on the African continent. He is also the current International Project Coordinator for the UNEP-GEF project, “Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa”. This project is active in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia and aims to strengthen the policy/legislation framework with regard to invasive species, create awareness about the threats posed by IAS and what can be done to manage them, build capacity for sustainable IAS management, and implement IAS control and prevention strategies. As the coordinator, Witt manages these activities across all four countries.
Prior to joining CABI Africa, Witt worked in South Africa as a senior researcher and division manager for the Plant Protection Research Institute of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC-PPRI). He has extensive experience researching the biological control of various plant species.
Witt is currently registered for a PhD with the University of the Witwatersand. He has a Masters of Science in Entomology and Conservation Biology, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Geography and Entomology.