Felix Ndagijimana became the first Rwandan director of the Karisoke Research Center in January 2012. He oversees all of Karisoke’s research and protection programs for mountain gorillas and other species in Volcanoes National Park, as well as health and education programs in the communities surrounding the park. He administers a staff of more than 100, including trackers, anti-poachers, research assistants, and administrative personnel.
Ndagijimana was first hired as a research assistant at Karisoke in 2004 and served as deputy director after earning a master's degree in primate conservation from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2008, on a scholarship created by Fossey Fund supporter Mary Ann Parker in honor of her son John Eric Peckham. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Mysore, India.