Alex Chetkovich

Tanganyika Blue

Big Idea: 
Native fish aquaculture in Lake Tanganyika

One of the world’s ancient lakes, Lake Tanganyika is home to hundreds of endemic species. Tanganyika Blue aims to prevent the extinction of native endemic fish by creating a native fish aquaculture industry to preempt and prevent an invasive species aquaculture industry from developing in the lake. They hope to simultaneously lift people out of poverty and fundamentally safeguard the ecosystem's future. 

After completing a Masters in African and International Development, Alex moved to Kigoma, Tanzania in 2012 to build organizations that create broad-based sustainable economic growth. He has been there ever since. Alex also co-founded Upendo Honey, another conservation livelihoods business in Tanzania which is currently the largest employer in Kigoma.

Henry Arnhold Fellows