Help us inspire the young conservation community in AFRICA.


A Biophilic mentor will help young African conservationists with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.


They  share knowledge, advice, and resources  depending on the format and goals of a specific mentoring relationship


They  share information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling.


They support the mentees with skills that they need effectively execute conservation projects or idea that will make a positive change to the society. 


Mentors are considered anyone that holds at least 10 years of experience in a related environmental field or topic. 

Mentees must be 35 years of age or younger on 1 July 2020.  


Are you a young conservationist in Africa and need advice in  exploring your career, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. 

Become a Biophilic Mentor

Do you wish to share your story to inspire others or are you able to share skills that are valuable in the field of conservation to young African’s into conservation. 


Olivia Adhiambo Biophilic Conversation

Her talk will focus on environmental policy advocacy and how young people can get involved.
Thursday 18th June at 5:30 PM EAT

Olivia Adhiambo


She has 10 years’ experience in environmental conservation having worked in programme management; monitoring and evaluation; communication and administration for international and regional organizations. She is an expert at programme planning and design, implementation and closure. She has also applied her knowledge to program research and training of staff and other program experts.

She is a skilled group facilitator able to consistently bring together diverse people to accomplish one goal, as is the case in working groups.  She is a person who loves to see impact on what she does.  She is often engaged in policy advocacy based on the outcomes from project. This has translated to positive changes in national and county environmental policies. Her current role is supporting county governments to formulate environment and climate change policies. She is currently pursuing a MA in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.


Resson Kantai Duff Biophilic Mentor

The talk will be on Conservation Career Opportunities in Kenya, what opportunities are available and how one may explore them,  Sunday (21st  JUNE 2020) from 3:00 pm EAT.

Resson Kantai Duff

Resson serves as Deputy Director of Ewaso Lions, and plays a lead role in programme
management, operations, event coordination, partnership development, awareness raising,
strategy implementation and human resources. She acts as a key link between EL research,
conservation and fundraising activities with the aim of working with the team to build
coexistence in the Kenyan context. She received her Master’s Degree in Biodiversity,
Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford in 2012. For her dissertation,
she focused on community conservation governance in Kenya, interrogating the evolution,
power relations and sustainability of this emergent community-led wildlife resource
management. She received a First Class degree in Zoology from the University of Nairobi in

Resson Kantai Duff previously worked as the Head of Awareness at Save the Elephants
where she led China outreach, CITES and other policy related work, education, internship
and community focused projects in Samburu. Resson also consulted as a writer and editor
for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services, covering
numerous Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

Resson represents Ewaso Lions on the board of the Conservation Alliance of Kenya as the
secretary. Her great passion continues to be getting more Kenyans engaged in wildlife
conservation in the country.


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 PhD 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 organisations 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

Dr Tobia Nyumba