Nilanga Jayasinghe is a senior program officer for Wildlife Conservation at WWF and focuses on Asian species, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards. She has more than 15 years of extensive experience in international species conservation and has worked on conservation issues across the board in Asia, Africa and North America. Her areas of expertise include human-wildlife conflict, Asian elephants, strategic planning for conservation, protected area management, community-based conservation, capacity building, among others. She is also a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and a member of the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Nilanga has always had a deep love for elephants. And while she now lives and works in the US, she is thrilled to give back to conservation efforts in her home region.