Michael 't Sas-Rolfes thesis title is 'Conserving Africa's Rhinos and Elephants: Geography, Economics and Policy.' His doctoral research investigates international policy toward rhino and elephant conservation in Africa. He is adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with a strong focus on economic analytical methods.
Michael holds a BCom (Hons) in Business Economics, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), an MSc in Environmental Resource Economics, University College London, and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, University of Oxford.
Michael has specialist knowledge in the application of economic analysis and business principles in the biodiversity conservation sector, and has conducted detailed work and analysis on wildlife trade issues (especially relating to rhinos, big cats, elephants and bears) and on innovative approaches to financing and managing both public and private protected areas.
His past experience includes research and consulting work in the environmental and conservation sectors, and direct involvement in the investment and commercial sectors. His current professional affiliations include memberships of two IUCN Specialist Groups, and research associations with the Property and Environment Research Center (USA) and Earthmind (Switzerland).