Flavia Martinelli

Climate Change Specialist, WWF-Brazil
hozaifa kabil

Marine biologist, self employed

Identifying innovative approaches and improved solutions to business challenges both motivate and drive me. Observation, inspiration, and determination are my foundation for success. My philosophy is that introducing fresh perspectives and new techniques allow businesses to evolve and grow. My goal is to remain on the cutting-edge of advancements. 

Anna Smith

Student, The Open University

Anna Sambrook

Funding Development Officer, The Queen's Green Canopy

Hello!

I'm Anna I live in Cornwall in the Uk and after studying for a MSc in Wildlife Conservation I fell into the charity sector but in campaigning, fundraising and communication roles. I currently work for `The Queen's Green Canopy, a charitable initiative to inspire people to plant a tree for the jubilee. I am involved with developing fundable projects such as urban tree planting and green skills programmes which trains young people who are currently receiving benefits in green skills.

I'm hoping with this course that I can get the skills to work on the programme/project side of conservation.

I have a true passion for animal welfare having worked for several charities in this sector but have a growing interest in rewilding.

Dr Pranab J Patar

Chief Executive, Global Foundation for Advancement of Environment and Human Wellness

I am an environment and sustainability professional with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, currently heading an unique environmental charity - Global Foundation for Advancement of Environment, here in Delhi (India). Over the years, I have led/participated in over 03 dozen result oriented multi-stakeholder programmes on conservation action, climate change adaptation, environmental research, water conservation, eco-restoration, citizen science and experiential learning. As a capacity enhancement specialist, I have trained over 10000 Corporate executives, Development professionals, Teachers & educators, Students and general public on environment and sustainability issues.

Legrand Cirimwami

Director General, Hope in the Nature

I recently completed a PhD thesis at the Faculty of Science, University of Kisangani and conduct many researches on Eastern DRC forests on Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment and development. I lead a youth-led startup focused on agrobusiness and environment, we produce both food and organic fertilizer using organic waste. This decreases human-driven pressure on biodiversity. 

Kevin Lunzalu

Co-founder, Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network

Kevin Lunzalu is very passionate about transformative biodiversity governance, fostering youth-led practical solutions to pressing conservation challenges, and intergenerational equity. This interest first developed while completing his Bachelor’s in Wildlife Conservation and Enterprise Management at Egerton University. 

He is the co-founder and national coordinator of the Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network, one of Kenya’s largest youth-led conservation organizations by membership, building the capacity of young people to address biodiversity loss through policy advocacy, ecosystem restoration, marine action, and awareness creation.

Kevin has received several recognitions for his work on biodiversity conservation, including being listed among the Top 100 Young Conservation Leaders in Africa 2021Youth of the Year 2021 Award of the Youth Agenda 254, World Bank’s #Blog4Dev 2021 Winner, and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellowship. He was an invited delegate and speaker at IUCN World Conservation Congress 2021 to promote stronger youth voices in biodiversity governance.

Kevin is also a 2022 Aspen New Voices Fellow, a role through which he actively champions for meaningful youth engagement in conservation frameworks and policies, and advocates for climate justice. 

Temitope Rebecca Adelola

Program Mnager, EdenWorld Initiative

Temitope is a Nigerian-born and an advocate of sustainable forest and nature management with over four years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in (Forestry and Wood), from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and she is currently enrolled for her master’s degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town South Africa.

Temitope focuses on improving community restoration and conservation outcomes through quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research. She has her Interest in research that will contribute to theories and knowledge to improve socio-ecological interactions, environmental policies, decision making, education for behavioral change, conservation management, and livelihood development programs. She is interested in theoretical concepts around functional ecology, priority effects, and resilience to understand ecological behavior in response to restoration practice.  She works across relevant nature management practices and ecosystems such as drylands, rangelands, wetlands, and savannas. Her current MPhil. research is focused on understanding the pied crow population and breeding success in the arid areas of Karoo regions, and their predation impacts on plover’s species in the Berg River estuarine area of South Africa.

Temitope has her passion in scaling up the implementation of conservation projects and restoration knowledge through project management, engagement, education, research, and communication. With hands-on experience and field exposures, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) for her National Youth Service, Project Coordinator at World Ecological Concept Ltd,  cofounder/Program manager for the EdenWorld Initiative (edenworld.org.ng), volunteered with the Global Landscape Forum as the Social Media Ambassador, and an intern with IUCN forest on Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework related to Forestry, Agriculture, and Sustainable development at Washinton DC.

Previously, Temitope served as the Vice President of the International Forestry Student Association of her school and won the best essay on “How Africa and African Student Benefitted from Networking in Forest Education” from the IUFRO.

Outside the workspace, Temitope enjoys graphics, photography and editing, videography and editing, and content writing.

As part of her study program and sponsorship for her study through the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, Temitope is expected to do an internship which is part of her course curriculum. Hence, she is seeking a conservation organization to intern within 2022.

Aiita Joshua Apamaku

Education Taskforce Lead, Youth4Nature

Wildlife biologist with cross-cutting interests in wildlife conservation technologies, wildlife and ecological research, climate change. 

Natukunda Irene Kananura

Chief Operations Officer , Biodiversity Hub International (BHI)

My name is Irene Kananura Natukunda. I am the Co-founder and COO at Biodiversity Hub International (BHI), an environmental scientist, a passionate conservationist and a nature lover. In the past 4 years, i worked as a volunteer as several organisations including Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN-Uganda), Earth Day Network, Fridays for Future-Uganda, Nature Uganda, Youth Go Green and many other where i learnt a lot and became more passionate about nature conservation. I am so interested in engaging in activities that contribute towards nature restoration and climate change mitigation such as planting trees on degraded forests and creating awareness in communities around wildlife protected areas to reduce human-wildlife conflicts that result into poaching and illegal trade of critically endangered species. I like to connect and engage with like-minded people which i believe has helped me to increase my knowledge and understanding in the field of biodiversity conservation. I help in write project proposals and concepts for my organisation which has truly been a great learning journey.

I am so honoured to be a member at Wild Hub and am hoping to learn more and share as much as i know towards one main goal of conserving wildlife to end the silent killer known as Biodiversity Loss.

Thanks 

Hayley Rocco

Children's Book Author, Hayley Rocco Books

While my experience lies in marketing and communication, I'm finally venturing into writing children's books, a childhood dream, and am specifically focusing on writing books that ignite passion and curiosity for animals in young readers. "If we care about animals, we'll want to protect them." I'm looking to connect with professionals who are studying and/or are actively helping in advancing wildlife conservation efforts in general. I am also a beginning nature photographer with a passion for capturing the unique personalities of each animal I see. (That's the goal, anyhow!) I've had a lifelong passion for animals and want to learn all I can and share what I can with young readers, hopefully inspiring the next wave of conservationists, naturalists, scientists, etc.!

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
Marta Villasán Barroso

Biodiversity Conservation Biologist , Ecoenergías del Guadiana / Fauna&Vida NGO / SEO BirdLife

I'm from Badajoz, a little city near Portugal at Extremadura, Spain. I love my region because is plenty of wild nature, birds, forests, rivers... but is endangered too.

I have a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. I have more than 15 years of experience in Environmental Education with school kids and the general public. I'm interested in all related topics about ecology, conservation and all living creatures and their relationships, that makes possible the life on Earth. 

I have worked in Paraguay granted by University of Salamanca and UNESCO Chair "Education for Sustainable Development: Strengthening lines of research in the area of ​​biodiversity and the link with society". My duties were teaching experiments design and basic biostatistics at UNA (Universidad Nacional de Asunción); doing a biodiversity's bird research at the San Rafael National Park (the major Atlantic Forest patch remaining), ringing birds and teaching young students how to carry out a basic research; and doing environmental education with young child and population living at the natural park influence area. 

I stayed at Madeira (Portugal) working on two LIFE projects, one to protect the endemic sparrowhawk "Furabardos" and the other to take care of marine birds. The LIFE projects are the UE tool to support and fund the conservation on their territories.  

Later I have devoted to natural ecotourism at Extremadura (Spain) and scuba diving tourism at Sharm el Shaik (Egypt), in addition to environmental education, or little research and consultancy tasks. I have a  youtube channel  to outreach environmental issues and my own talks. Is in Spanish, but if you want you could take a look at it. 

Currently, I have a job at an environmental consulting at Extremadura (Spain), working about the compensatory measures to take during and after the construction of photovoltaic plants. I take care of bird nests, mitigation and prevention of bird and bat mortality at the high voltage lines, soil restoration, reforestation, etc. I'm glad to carry out this work because I'm sure I'm doing the best to protect the nature while the construction of renewable energy plants are trying to reduce the climate change. 

In addition, I take part from two NGOs: Fauna&Vida, a environmental conservation and education organization from Paraguay, where I'm currently the Education and conservation programs Director, and SEO/BirdLife, the ornithological society to protect birds, where I coordinate the volunteer group in my city. 

OLAMIDE ONI

Ecotourism and wildlife manager, Federal university of technology, Akure

Kevin Albin

Writer/Author, Independent

I was a police officer in the UK for 25 years. I then retrained as an International Mountain Leader and have guided all over the world. In 2011, I won the Bronze in the Wanderlust Magazine World Guide Awards.

I stumbled into conservation work, firstly in Borneo, and this opened my eyes to our need to change the way we do things. During the covid confinements when I could no longer work as a guide, I took to writing, and published a novel, Stonechild, where the famous London statues come to life with their important message on conservation. Do you think we would listen to them? 

Alan J. Hesse

Freelance Conservationist, environmental educator and author-illustrator, AJH Education Comics & Cartoons

My conservation career started in 1992 when I helped set up and joined a University expedition to the Bolivian Amazon. What started out as a 3-month experience ended up being a life-changing inflection point that set my professional and personal course to the present day. My conservation experience was built bottom-up and hands-on, and includes field data collection and logistics, grassroots organization leadership and project management, community engagement and capacity building, M&E, training and behavior change, and lately climate education through authorship of graphic novels and other resources. 

Prakash Poudel

Research Associate, Greenhood Nepal

Asghar khan

PhD student, Asghar khan

Research, Teacher, social worker, human right activist, Environmentalist, Ecology

Fátima D. Gigante

Program Coordinator, CoalitionWILD

Interdisciplinary conservation professional. Consultant at the European Forest Institute and coordinator for CoalitionWILD 2022 Global Mentorship Programme. Passionate about the social dimensions of natural resource management, community-based conservation, participatory methodologies and human-wildlife conflicts.

Pamellah Dio

Programme Officer, Kenya, Fauna and Flora International

Passionate about inspiring, enabling and mobilizing communities in innovative environmental conservation.