Hello! My name is Victoria

Hello! My name is Victoria
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Hi all! My name is Victoria and I am very excited to be part of the WildHub community. My background is mainly in conservation, I have a Masters degree in conservation management obtained from the University of Glasgow and have done research on Giraffes. I currently work with an NGO called Grumeti fund as a programs coordinator for the Research and Innovation for the Serengeti Ecosystem (RISE) where we mainly focuses on applied research and capacity building programs. Our organization is based in the western side of the Serengeti in Tanzania. I hope to gain knowledge and skills on how to manage successful conservation projects from the PMWC course but I also very much look forward to connecting, learning and sharing experiences with other conservationists. 

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
23 days ago

Hi Victoria, welcome to WildHub! Wonderful to read you will be doing the WildTeam Project Management for Wildlife Conservation training course; have a great start! 

It would be great to learn more about your work: what kind of capacity building programs are you doing? Any lessons learned you could share with us are most welcome :) 

Go to the profile of Victoria Mkessa
20 days ago

Thanks Thirza! We focus on supporting early career scientists and students by sponsoring graduate studies but also through developing conservation related practical skills-based training programs. One program that is very popular is our Women in the Field training program that is designed specifically for women. In our country, conservation is a male dominated field and women are underrepresented in conservation and research communities. Recognizing this and the many barriers that inhibit women from participating in conservation work, the program was started to prepare women to pursue opportunities in the conservation space through skill development, and most importantly to build professional networks and create a community of women that support each other. It's always good to see how confident and inspired the women are at the end of the program!! Most of the ladies go on to graduate school or work in other organizations and are doing awesome work!! There's a video of one of our alumni that made its rounds in the country, you can check it out here. Lat year we ran a similar program in collaboration with Wildlabs and Flora & Fauna (WiCT) plus other workshops on Scientific Communications and Conservation story telling. So, we are always looking for ways to foster new collaborations and expand our programs to reach more women and youth and I think this is a great step towards inclusion and change in the conservation space in our country.

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
15 days ago

Thank you for sharing your insights, Victoria! Amazing to read and that video is absolutely inspiring, feel free to share it with the community. 

It may be interesting to write a lessons learned piece to cover your above insights in more detail. Please find our Contributor Guidelines if you would like to do this independently, or you can team up with one of our Conservation Catalysts and send them a message to interview you (e.g. @Taranee , @Marrian Tendai Rwizi  or @Adekanle Godslove Damilola ) Thanks! 

Go to the profile of Chrissy
23 days ago

Hi Victoria, Welcome to the WildHub community! Lovely to have you here <3

Go to the profile of Victoria Mkessa
20 days ago

Thanks for the welcome note Chrissy 🫶

Go to the profile of Zoe Melvin
21 days ago

Hi Victoria, welcome to WildHub! I'm looking forward to meeting you on the PMWC course!

If you would like to, you can also introduce yourself on the introductions post in the WildTeam PMWC Jan-Mar 2024 room to chat with other participants on the course! Here is the link to the room. We will be sharing all the course materials in that room so feel free to have a look around and let me know if you have any questions. 

See you soon!

Go to the profile of Lara Reden
15 days ago

Welcome to WildHub, Victoria!

Go to the profile of Grace Alawa
12 days ago

Victoria, welcome. Great job you're doing, I hope to read more.