Meet this months's Inspiring Biophilic Young Voice and Mentor

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS AND MENTOR

Kevin_Lunzalu Biophilic Speaker

The talk will be on how youth may be involved in  environmental policy. Thursday (7 MAY  2020) from 5:30 pm EAT.

Kevin Lunzalu

Kevin Lunzalu is a young conservation leader from Nairobi, Kenya. Through his work, Lunzalu strives to strike a balance between environmental conservation and humanity.

He strongly believes in the power of innovative youth-led solutions to drive the global sustainability agenda. Kevin is the country coordinator the Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network (KYBN), through which he actively engages young people at the grass-root level on conservation policy and enhancing youthful voices in the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) processes. KYBN also seeks innovative and sustainable solutions aimed at halting the current unprecedented biodiversity loss; by redesigning circular economy concepts and environmental policy advocacy.

Kevin also sits at the global steering committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), the official platform for youth engagement with the CBD. The 2019 UNEP Young Champions of the Earth judge is also a DIAR Awards 2020 finalist for youth inclusion and diversity; and a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 2020 Sustainability Alumni.

FRANK JUMA

Frank Juma is a wildlife biologist, research scientist and environment conservation. Frank is currently doing his masters in Natural Resource majoring in Wildlife management and conservation in the USA. He has vast experience in wildlife research and conservation both in Africa and abroad. Frank has done a lot of work in bird research throughout Kenya and Tanzania. 

He has worked in different institutions and organizations. In Kenya, He worked with National Museums of Kenya, Arocha Kenya, Nature Kenya and the University of Nairobi. In the USA, his is doing, research and is also a teaching assistant. He is also a research associate at Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. Frank Holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the University of Nairobi.  

Frank Juma Biophilic Speaker

The talk will be on Bird Survey Techniques .Thursday (14 MAY 2020) from 5:30 pm EAT.

Biophilic Conversation Victoria Wangui

The talk will be on How to blog for Conservation, the steps of creating stories and having an impact.  Thursday (21 MAY 2020) from 5:30 pm EAT.

Victoria Wangui

Victoria Wangui is the founder and editor of the award-winning environmental communication platform, Nyika Silika, and the co-founder of Biophilic Conversations, an organization that is inspiring the youth to be actively involved in the conservation community in Africa.

She has a background in wildlife management and conservation and her major interests are biodiversity conservation, community-based conservation, and spreading awareness on the importance of wildlife and nature. She is driven by a passion for wildlife, informing and educating communities living with wildlife, and the youth on environmental conservation in Africa.

Victoria is also a writer and digital marketing specialist. Her goal is to share knowledge and spread awareness on matters of environmental conservation as media can influence perceptions of species and conservation focusing on the stories that matter and must be told.

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ABOUT THIS MONTH BIOPHILIC MENTOR

Dr Tobia Nyumba

The talk will be on Conservation and Development Synergies, what young people need to know and how they would deal with addressing issues that arise from unsustainable developments .Thursday (28TH MAY 2020) from 5:30 pm EAT.

DR TOBIAS NYUMBA

Dr. Nyumba has several years of experience in biodiversity conservation, research, and policy, and human development. Dr. Nyumba holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Egerton University, Kenya; Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Environment, Society and Development, and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography from the University of Cambridge, UK. The Ph.D. research project focused on the Impacts of Human-Elephant Conflict on Human Wellbeing in Trans Mara Kenya.

Dr. Nyumba joined the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) and the African Conservation Centre (ACC) in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) Project: A global research project that aims to generate decision-relevant evidence related to challenges facing the development corridor processes in East Africa and feeds it into key decision-making processes to improve the sustainable development outcomes of investments in development corridors.

Dr. Nyumba has previously worked with organizations in Kenya and abroad including CETRAD, the Space for Giants (K) Trust, the African Wildlife Foundation and the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme in the UK leading science and applied research projects promoting biodiversity conservation, human development, and livelihoods.

Currently

  • Lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
  • Advisory Panel Member for the Conservation Evidence Mammal Synopsys, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Associate Director for the Dakota Wesleyan University, USA, in Nairobi
  • Lead Author for IPBES Values Assessment, Chapter 5.

Dr. Nyumba’s interests revolve around the exploration of the interactions among conservation and development intervention, human well-being, and poverty alleviation, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Nyumba is keen to promote science and applied research with practical relevance to biodiversity conservation and development policy within a multidisciplinary framework.

An astute sportsman specialising in Volleyball !!!!!! for fun

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These Are

Our BIOPHILIC VOICES

Claire Nasike

Founder Humming Bird Foundation

Brian Waswala

Wildlife Ecologist and Environmental Education Specialist- Maasai Mara University

Frank Kago

Research Assistant-African Conservation Center

Mercy Waithira

Wildlife and Ecology Officer - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sidney Shema

Project Manager - Kenya Bird Map Project

Elizabeth Wanjiru

Founder - Green Generation Initiative

Nyawira Gitaka

Environmentalist and Writer

Vincent Ontita

Student - Colorado State University

Salim Mandela

Wildlife Ecologist

Unelker Maoga

Founder - Konservation