Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, OxForest

My articles on OxForest.org:
Himba and San – The last nomads of Namibia, Southern Africa
What is “OxForest”? towards animal welfare in our industrial agriculture

Takeshi Inagawa

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, OxForest

Introduction

Born in Japan, I am quadrilingual in Japanese, English, Spanish 🇪🇦 and Portuguese 🇧🇷. After being selected as a World Bank scholar, I completed a PhD in tropical forest ecology at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford.

My passion for nature conservation began after joining the Boy Scouts at the age of five. While in college, I volunteered for the first time in the Philippines to help organise a women’s support group. After serving at Danish NGO’s forestry and environmental education projects in Brazil, the United States and Namibia over six years, I recieved a MSc in Conservation from the University College London (UCL) and undertook tropical forest research at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC), Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) and a Britain’s Royal Society research programme in Malaysian Borneo. Following my associate expert role at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Forestry and Nature Conservation Group in Tokyo, I worked for JICA’s biodiversity conservation project in Honduras.

My best role models are Prof Wangari Maathai and Greta Thunberg (Fridays For Future) who have inspired me to take action against deforestation and climate change, and to get the message across to a wider audience. In September 2020, I launched a web magazine “OxForest.org” along with 57 irreplaceable friends of mine across 21 nationalities (from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa to Asia) who have worked together for the same cause.

I have been to 27 countries so far. My recent interests are cooking (Instagram @TakeshisKitchen) and yoga!