Vinaya Swaminathan is a Senior Program Officer with FOS. Since joining the FOS team in 2006, Vinaya has helped teams with their biodiversity conservation work across the globe, though her primary focus lies in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining FOS, Vinaya gained field ecology experience through the US National Parks system. She also developed a lifelong interest and affinity for east Africa through a college semester abroad in Tanzania. Vinaya is based in the United Kingdom, which is conveniently mid-way between her family living in the United States and in India.

Languages: English, Tamil

Interests: Integrating conservation and development, women in science, being outdoors with her husband and son, vegetarian cooking


  • MSc Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology – University of Maryland at College Park
  • BSc Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation – University of Texas at Austin

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