Event: Funding and priorities: conservation during Covid-19

We are in turbulent waters.. For this reason, we are organising a dialogue session between funders and people who fundraise for conservation as part of the WildHub Festival. Join us in this conversation on Wednesday June 17th from 1pm - 2.30pm BST. Read on to find out how to register.

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Date: June 17th 1pm-2.30pm BST

How do we maintain relationships with funders during Covid-19? Are funders working under ‘business as normal’? If not, what is the new normal? Is this the time to start building relationships with new donors? Where should our priorities lie during these challenging times? We will discuss this and more in a dialogue between funders and people who fundraise. We will have a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session. 

Registration for this event is now open, please click on the link below, there is a participant cap so don't miss out on hearing and getting advice from this expert panel. 

Register in advance for this session:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkf-uppz0pHdOldM7kf_1DL63-Y_xIzW5U  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 

Format: Thoughts per panellist, followed by a Q&A with all panellists
Target audience: Conservationists
Length:
90 minutes

Organisers: Thirza Loffeld and Louisa Richmond-Coggan (LRC Wildlife Conservation) 

Moderator: Andrea Santy (Smithsonian Institution) 

Panellists include:

Elizabeth Stephenson, Director, Marine Conservation Action Fund, New England Aquarium, USA

Elizabeth Stephenson focuses her work on supporting the success of marine conservation leaders across the globe. Through her leadership of the Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF), Elizabeth provides professional support to marine conservation leaders in developing countries by connecting them with Anderson Cabot Center scientists to explore collaborations, and elevating the profile of their work through the Aquarium’s public platforms and professional network. She also partners with Aquarium educators to connect MCAF grantees with youth, so as to inspire and empower the next generation of ocean protectors. Elizabeth seeks to ensure that MCAF grantees have the financial, professional, and technical support they need to achieve long-term conservation goals and to ensure that their successes and challenges help to inform and inspire future conservation efforts.

Farid Uddin Ahmed, Executive Director, Arannayk Foundation, Bangladesh

Farid Uddin Ahmed is the Executive Director of Arannayk Foundation for last 13 years. Arannayk Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established jointly by the Governments of Bangladesh and the United States in 2003 under the provision of Tropical Forest Conservation Act, 1998 of USA. The Foundation promotes forests and biodiversity conservation in the country through community engagement. Prior to Arannayk Foundation, he served in Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council for 15 years in different positions, the last being Member Director (Natural Resources Management). He joined BARC in 1987. He also worked with a Swiss International Development Organization named Intercooperation to implement sustainable landuse program of Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). He was the project director of the village and farm forestry project for five years (from December 2000 to November 2005). He also served as Senior Research Officer in Bangladesh Forest Research Institute for 10 years in the field of genetics and silviculture. He is specialized in Agroforestry and forest management specifically community based forest conservation. He has more than 30 scientific publications in his credit. 

Gladys Kalema, Founder and CEO, Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda

In the legacy of the late Dian Fossey, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has become one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a 17-year old nonprofit organisation that promotes conservation by improving the quality of life of people and wildlife to enable them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa. Dr. Gladys trained as a veterinarian at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College. Between 1996 and 2000, she set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. From 2000 to 2003, she completed a zoological medicine residency and masters in specialised veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Zoological Park. Prior to setting up CTPH she also did a certificate in Non-profit management from Duke University. In 2016 she completed an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship Track. In 2016 she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support coffee farmers living around gorilla habitats.

Fred Nelson, Executive Director, Maliasili, USA

Fred has been working for over 20 years in African conservation to develop effective strategies and lasting solutions, support innovative local organisations, and build diverse partnerships. He’s lived and worked in the field with Maasai communities in Tanzania, designed and led research on the political economy of conservation in Africa, and played a leading role in global networks and collaborations that span land rights, wildlife conservation, and ecotourism. He founded Maliasili nearly a decade ago to champion leading African conservation organisations and help them build the organisational capacity and resources they need to deliver on their mission.

Dominique Bikaba, Executive Director, Strong Roots Congo, DRC

Dominique Bikaba has over twenty years managing and supporting conservation and sustainable development programs that balance the needs of local communities and indigenous peoples with those of forests and wildlife in Congo (DRC) and across the Congo Basin Region. In addition to strengthening traditional structures that promotes biodiversity conservation, Dominique provides capacity building of community-level and government actors to promote human rights, peace and resilience opportunities for stakeholders to maintain biodiversity intact while supporting community livelihoods and well-being assets. A primary goal in his work is to integrate the knowledge of local communities and indigenous peoples into effectively conserved and protected areas. Dominique is the founding member and Executive Director of Strong Roots Congo, a grassroots conservation and sustainable development organisation that promotes the preservation of great apes, and natural resources governance and management in DRC

Dr Amy Dickman, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation, Oxford University, UK

Amy has over 20 years’ experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specialising in human-carnivore conflict.  She has an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD from University College London, and has published over 70 scientific papers and book chapters on large carnivore ecology and conservation.  Establishing the Ruaha Carnivore Project in 2009, over the last decade she has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most important landscapes for large carnivores, the Ruaha Landscape, which supports nearly 10% of the world’s remaining lions.  Amy is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, the African Lion Working Group, the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, and is a National Geographic Explorer.  She has received multiple awards for her work, including the Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation, the St Louis Zoo Conservation Award and the Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

Bruno Monteferri, Director, Conservamos por Naturaleza/ SPDA, Peru

Bruno Monteferri is an Ashoka Fellow and holds an MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. He has specialised in environmental law, with emphasis in conservation policy and strategies. He has been working with the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law - SPDA since 2005, and is the current Director of Conservamos por Naturaleza and Marine Governance initiatives. Through Conservamos por Naturaleza, a platform created by the SPDA that supports voluntary conservation initiatives, he has implemented several campaigns focused on crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing.

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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