Simba Tirima, Ph.D.
Simba Tirima, a Kenyan national, has a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Eastern Africa, an M.S. in Agricultural Science from University of Idaho (UI), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from UI. Dr. Tirima’s diverse professional history includes teaching Environmental Perspectives, International Environmental Issues, and Environmental Economics and Policy at UI, where he was also International Marketing Manager for the International Program Office. Dr. Tirima worked for TerraGraphics Engineering (now Alta Science and Engineering) as a Research Associate and Environmental Scientist and has been a core member of the TIFO team since the organization was founded, working as Director of Field Operations for the Nigeria project. He currently works as Deputy Head-of-Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Nigeria, where he is responsible for liaising with government officials, coordinating institutional controls program in Niger and Zamfara States, and assisting with MSF’s operational programmatic needs. In 2018, Dr. Tirima received The Award of Excellence from the Vice President of Nigeria for his work addressing lead poisoning in Nigeria.