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Masters in Conservation Leadership

 

The 2022-2023 cohort comprises 23 students from 18 countries.

 

Xiomara Acevedo (Colombia)

I am a professional in international relations, with a postgraduate degree in climate change, cities and leadership. In 2012 I decided to use my youth power to drive change in my country Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the world, by creating Barranquilla+20, a youth led NGO whose mission is to educate and empower children, youth and women to drive climate and biodiversity action  in Colombia and the wider region. The conviction that youth and children could educate and empower stakeholders to build resilient cities, territories and communities drives my work. It has been 10 years on this journey as a climate and biodiversity entrepreneur and activist and it has helped to impact more than 20,000 people directly through education, activism, environmental campaigning, policy advocacy and non violent action. We also have worked at the global level positioning intergenerational equity and justice as a core principle to drive environmental action. During this time I have also worked with local governments as well as international organizations to secure climate and biodiversity conservation and therefore have coordinated environmental policies such as the Comprehensive Plan for Territorial Climate Change Management of Narino 2019-2035,  the Strategy to promote the respect, protection, and guarantee of the rights of Nature in Nariño, the Climate Emergency Declaration for Atlantico, among others. The MPhil in Conservation Leadership will enrich my skills and learning process to lead effectively and implement solutions to the diverse challenges people and nature are facing in megadiverse countries. 

 

David Alegria Meneses (Peru)

The strong connection I feel with nature led me to study biology and as a volunteer park ranger, I discovered my passion for the Amazon. I have been involved for 6 years on conservation projects in the Peruvian Amazon, working with species that both play a key role in their ecosystems and exist in a complex relationship with local people. This taught me the significant link between conservation from a multidisciplinary perspective and the importance of working alongside local people. Since 2019, I have been a field researcher for Panthera's Counter Wildlife Trafficking program. This position gave me the opportunity to reshape my foundation as a biologist by integrating the law enforcement approach to my core values and at the same time, I had the opportunity to work with different stakeholders, which has given me an amplified perspective on conservation goals. I am sure that this Masters will enhance my comprehension of the dynamic human dimensions of conservation issues and will let me build a stronger community of conservationists. My objective is to play an integral role in supporting policy interventions for Peruvian conservation challenges, integrating a broad range of fields that support an evidence-based policy approach, where ecosystems are protected with a full recognition of the indigenous communities. 

 

Daniel Arauz-Naranjo (Costa Rica)

Being born into a family of two sea turtle biologists in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it has always been very clear for me that marine science and conservation is the career path I want to follow. I studied Biology in the University of Costa Rica, where I graduated in 2015 and focused my studies on general ecology of different vertebrates, mainly birds, bats, and fish. I became a PADI Divemaster and worked in a dive shop during 2016, where my passion for marine environments and their conservation just kept growing. By 2017 I started working as a field biologist for the Rescue Center for Endangered Marine Species in Costa Rica, where I was hired to run and manage research projects regarding the presence of endangered species in areas affected by small scale fishers. In 2018, I was selected as one of the ten first National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE fellows, a program by the National Geographic Society and the Zoological Society of London focused on the conservation of endangered species. Since then, I have been working in Costa Rica with decision making authorities to promote conservation initiatives mainly for the protection of endangered hawksbill sea turtles. 

 

Louise Arkles (Australia)

My passion for conservation has evolved over the years: from a city-based childhood, fearful of the Australian bush, to a profound love of wilderness and respect for First Nations peoples who have protected the earth for millennia.  I now understand how central social and environmental justice is for the survival of all living beings. My love for animals and nature has found expression within my 20-year career in philanthropy.  I now manage the Environment Program at a foundation that awards grants to NGOs.  It’s a privilege to support people on the front line of conservation, learn about the issues that communities, wildlife and wild places face, and support their work. I’m proud to be part of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network which has shepherded hundreds of millions of dollars to conservation efforts in Australia, but we urgently need so much more – donors, dollars, advocacy and effective action. I fell into philanthropy from a career in libraries, have a BA in History and a Masters in Information Management. Through the Masters in Conservation Leadership, I plan to find ways to grow the size and impact of environmental philanthropy and lift the capacity of the conservation sector to advocate, attract resources and implement best practice. 

 

Bupe Banda (Zambia)

I found myself in the conservation sector somewhat by accident, after being let go just after the induction for an industry internship during my Environmental Education degree at the University of Zambia! I then recalled that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in Zambia had accepted my request to do an attachment with them, so I quickly dug up the letter and reported for work at an office close to the great Kafue National Park in Mumbwa. It is here that I got assignments to work with communities in supporting and promoting their initiatives to co- manage natural resources with government. I was inspired to see how communities care for the resources within their jurisdiction. The connection they have and stewardship they portray stemming from historical co-existence with wildlife. This is truly African, and I loved it and enjoyed working with them.  Since that time, 2015, my career and profession have grown from basic understanding of what Community Based Natural Resource Management is in a practical and real manner to coordinating communities at a national level- building a strong, legitimate voice and now advocating for their rights to sustainably manage and utilize these resources, to be recognized and respected in all levels and platforms of policy decision making. This entails taking their voices into National, Regional and International spaces which I have been doing through my Internship with the Zambian government Department of National Parks and Wildlife (2015- 2017), with Frankfurt Zoological Society (2017-2019), Zambian Community Resources Boards Association (2017- 2022 as National Administrator and now an external technical support on pro-bono basis) and currently (May 2022- date) with Resource Africa, as Programme Manager for their UK team. I look forward to more insight and growth through the Masters in Conservation Leadership. 

 

Alberto Borges (Kenya)

Kenyan-born, I am a National Geographic Explorer keen on positively transforming the lives of communities and wildlife in Marsabit, Kenya. I hold a Bachelor's degree, with Summa Cum Laude honours, in Environment and Sustainability from Catawba College, USA. My interests lie in ecology, geography and socio-environmental issues. To propel these interests, I started The Explorer's Club of Kenya in 2015 at 17 years of age to explore, research and conserve little-known places. My young team and I work with people in Marsabit to preserve and restore its vast wilderness. Our project is reforesting, re-grassing and renewing the landscape. Additionally, we are exploring the impacts of pollution on the ecosystems and people living along Athi River, Kenya. Our findings inform authorities on the steps needed to tackle the problem. My ultimate goal is to establish a conservation centre in northern Kenya by 2024. That will be an empowerment hub for the public to study and conserve this magnificent landscape, its wildlife and its people. The Masters in Conservation Leadership is a befitting program that will equip me with the knowledge, skills, tools, networks, and much more to get me there. 

 

Dorje Jyal (Tibet)

Growing up in a rural Tibetan community, I often sat with my grandfather in the shade of a tree, tracking the warbles of birds and watching wild animals graze. At such times, my grandfather passed down myths, fables, folklore, and proverbs that often centered on the inseparable bond and mutual dependency of man and nature. Due to this, since an early age, my mind has been hardwired with the importance of human relationships with wildlife and nature. Since 2010, I have monitored wildlife and established community-based conservation teams on the Tibetan Plateau, China. My introduction to conservation occurred through years of first-hand, on-the-ground experiences. By obtaining valuable experiences with experts such as Richard Harris and George Schaller, I acquired skills that allowed me to become a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in 2016. After working for more than a decade on projects ranging from plant ecology to rangeland management, ecotourism, and social development to wildlife conservation and ranger capacity-building to protected area management, the conservation issues that Tibetans face are clear to me. I am passionate about learning more about conservation leadership and requisite skills that will empower me to play a significant role in the conservation field as a professional conservationist, integrating local ecological knowledge, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western science to tackle immediate conservation issues that local Tibetans face and facilitating dialogue between local voices and the international community. 

 

Nelson (Nsaben) Fawoh (Cameroon)

I am a passionate wildlife conservationist from Cameroon. At undergraduate level, I studied Environmental Science at the University of Buea, Cameroon where I obtained a BSc in July 2008. Since then, I have built a career in wildlife conservation and research, environmental education, and sustainable income generation initiatives at several protected areas for the past 12 years, with professional experiences in Cameroon, Uganda, UK and US. Some of my major contributions to biodiversity preservation include; estimating the chimpanzee population density in Ebo Forest Reserve, Cameroon; developing an anti-poaching project to protect endangered species and intervening in human wildlife conflict in communities along the frontiers of Kibale National Park, Uganda; and coordinating a camera trap project to determine species richness, removal of abandoned fishing nets to prevent ghost fishing and development of alternative income generating activities to improve livelihood and subsistence for communities around the Douala-Edea National Park, Cameroon. One of my approaches to achieving a participative management of natural resources has been to integrate several stakeholders in decision making process. My career goal is to contribute toward protecting wildlife and wild habitats, and through the Masters in Conservation Leadership, I will be able to achieve this and reach new heights. 

 

Suneha Jagannathan (India)

An independent marine biologist focusing on conservation, alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus program with a master's in Tropical Ecosystems & Biodiversity, and most importantly, a nature lover. Working at the intersection of science, tech, tourism and coastal communities, I have held front row seats to witness the booming field of marine education, citizen science and marine restoration. This allowed me to work with the National Mission on Biodiversity & Human Well-being to co-author a Data Management Toolkit for citizen science practitioners within India. Additionally, I held ownership in the efforts for Reeflog, a citizen science initiative tailored to SCUBA divers. As a Research Affiliate with Dakshin Foundation, we helped divers focus on monitoring marine ecosystems. Other projects of mine involve curating custom educational programs for marine tourism companies, developing methods for scalable marine habitat restoration, leading sport-based environmental education initiatives for fishing communities as well as contributing towards Artificial Intelligence-based coral reef monitoring. I consider myself blessed to explore a variety of roles ranging from a subject matter expert to a primary contributor for these novel projects. However, above all, I believe that a strong sense of community is the strongest motivation to all conservationist efforts, and my goal is to facilitate intersectional representation across conservation leadership in India. 

 

Ruth Jepkemoi (Kenya)

Growing up with my grandmother who is a traditional herbalist influenced my love for nature. My enrolment for a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental science in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was monumental to me in understanding the environment and knowing the various ways of making a difference. For three years, I have been the programs manager of CHD Conservation Kenya, a grass root organization that promotes public participation in conservation through education and awareness programs at Amboseli National Park in Southwest Kenya. I am the co-founder of Kang4Nature, a volunteer youth group that runs environmental restoration projects such as tree planting and clean ups around Nairobi, Kenya. I was a finalist in the Miss Earth 2020 Pageant competition that is geared to promoting environmental advocacy in the modelling industry and empowering young girls in conservation. I am an alumna of Women in Conservation Leadership offered by the Center for Protected Area Management at Colorado State University. My main interest is on diversity and inclusion of women and girls from the indigenous communities in conservation of their natural resource. 

 

Amon Kabango (Malawi)

Growing up in the rural areas of Karonga District, Northern Part of Malawi, where every household uses firewood for energy, I witnessed the most unprecedented rates of deforestation ever. This aroused my passion about conservation and eventually I studied for a Forestry Degree at the University of Malawi (2005-2009). In April 2010 I joined the Malawi Government as a Forestry Officer under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment. My duties involved forests landscapes restoration, forests ecosystems management, integrated watershed management and biodiversity conservation. Later in 2016, I enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and graduated in March, 2018. After returning home, I became the District Forestry Officer for Zomba District; a district with high forest degradation rates in Malawi. My immediate task was to develop a comprehensive restoration plan and implement it. With the support of donor partners such as World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNDP, I have led a team of 30 forestry technicians in restoring over 1,500 hectares of these degraded landscapes. Studying the Masters in Conservation Leadership at Cambridge will enhance my management and leadership skills required to make a positive impact in conservation. 

 

Leo (Nyein Zaw) Ko (Myanmar)

I am an environmental activist from Myanmar. My friends and followers call me the “Dolphin Man” due to my relentless drive to save endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Myanmar. Originally a consumer research quantitative analyst, I switched careers about four years ago, applying science-based communication strategies to raise awareness about sustainability, conservation, and illegal wildlife trades in Myanmar and beyond. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I led a group of activists and volunteers to launch the ‘Save Irrawaddy Dolphin’ campaign, which reached several million on social media and gained support from local fishing communities and conservation NGOs. WWF-Myanmar featured me as a ‘Planet Hero’ to support my initiative, which also received a grant from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). I used it to collect data about the unique ‘Cooperative Fishing’ tradition between Irrawaddy dolphins and artisanal fishermen to apply it as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ (ICH) under the UNESCO convention. In addition to my activism work, I led several citizen science projects in the Asia Pacific region. In early 2020, I volunteered as a cyberspotter at WWF-Singapore to tackle the illegal wildlife trade on e-commerce platforms. I graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2022 with a M.Sc. in Environmental Management. My most recent post was as a freshwater data analyst at Conservation International (CI) to improve the CI’s web-based Freshwater Health Index (FHI). As the first person from Myanmar to join this programme, I hope to bridge the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) to nascent conservation projects in Myanmar, thereby mutually enriching knowledge and expertise through information and technology transfer. I believe that this programme will broaden my perspective, redefine my conservation values, and transform me into a more empathic and competent leader. 

 

Albina Mamedova (Georgia)

For the past 5 years I have been working in BirdLife partner SABUKO organization in Georgia, where I made my first active efforts towards biodiversity conservation. I believe that all people have an innate instinct to connect with nature and it is quite simple when you are from the Caucasus, where orographic complexity and climatic contrasts are the reason for the biodiversity and diversity of the landscapes. Throughout these years, I worked on different cases and was a part of all projects within SABUKO (Conservation of Eastern Imperial Eagle, Important Bird Areas, Restoring Gallery Forest and Grasslands in the Iori River Valley in Georgia etc.) and gained considerable experience in dealing with different sectors – whether it would be public or non-governmental one, policy aspects, empowering locals, awareness raising through communication and education, or project management. The last two years I have been dedicated to a project “Joint Monitoring for Environmental Protection in BSB countries” aimed at solving common problems of nature parks and protected areas in the Black Sea Basin (BSB). Four countries were involved, and it is all about the establishment of cross border cooperation. The reason I decided to join this Masters, is the chance to constructively challenge my perspectives and afterwards see if my positions get shifted once I meet individuals sharing similar principles but having different views. I expect myself to be driven to take some positions or to take a stand, which will force me to think deeply about risks and weaknesses in my ideas for the future to address major conservation challenges in my country. 

 

Mira Margaretha (Indonesia)

My journey as a wildlife conservationist began in 2012, shortly after I graduated from college. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in social psychology I landed my first role at the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Indonesia. Here I cooperated with poor rural communities in central Sumatra that were affected by conflict with elephants to help them shift to safe conflict mitigation methods. In this landscape I supported long-term change through dialoguing with the communities, governmental agencies, and the private sector while keeping critical goals such as loss reduction and human safety in mind. My work later focused on leading communication and environmental education programs at FZS and then later at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia in Southern Sumatra. In my latest role at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), I manage a large conservation project in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sumatra. In this challenging role, I lead the collaboration between three NGOs to implement different aspects of the project including patrol and protection, biodiversity research, sustainable livelihoods, environmental and social safeguards, and community microfinance. I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to finding solutions for the biodiversity crisis and to explore sustainable financing options. 

 

Elliott Miller (UK)

My career in conservation so far has ranged from local green spaces in London to the rich biodiversity of the UK Overseas Territories, but I want to go further.  As a Senior Policy Adviser for the UK Government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), I manage Darwin Plus, Defra’s fund for environmental projects in the UK Overseas Territories (OTs). My role in Defra involves collaborating with OTs to raise ambition for the environment and to set UK Government priorities to support OTs in meeting that ambition. My previous government experience includes leading a national consultation for the UK’s Freeports programme.  My environmental experience is grounded closer to home too. I trained in work-based horticulture, and now design and build nature-friendly gardens in London. I have also worked for The Conservation Volunteers, where I led conservation volunteer groups and supported managing a London nature reserve. I now sit on the British Ecological Society’s Public Engagement Working Group and continue to volunteer for the London Wildlife Trust. 

 

Ade (Uta) Muktamariant (Indonesia)

Living in the suburbs, urban, and rural areas of Indonesia shows me the ever-different challenges faced by each landscape. Natural resources are threatened by massive unsustainable development, and communities have difficulty managing natural resources in their area sustainably, resulting in environmental degradation and threatening species extinction. That was what nudged me to start my journey of becoming a conservationist and graduated with a BSc in Forestry. I started my career in conservation by working on independent oil palm plantation typology with my university. For the past five years, I have been working with WCS Indonesia on songbird demand reduction using behavior change approaches, conservation strategy development of Sunda pangolin, the revision of Conservation Law and its derivatives, as well as the socio-economic impact of commercial wildlife trade for consumption. Having to lead projects in preventing and mitigating the human dimension impact on wildlife and wild species in Indonesia showed me that it is critical to communicate conservation as an integral part of any sector. As environmental problems are intersecting with other issues, it certainly calls for wider participation and I believe this should be translated into—but not limited to—'disruptive conservation’ in education and business practices. I also have a passion for arts! Painting, poems, and monologues become a medium for me to spread my aspirations on conservation to others.   

 

Nobuhle Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)

I worked as a research assistant at the National Center for scientific research where I actively led in data collection of human elephant mitigation project. One of my pivotal areas of research under this theme was investigating social dynamics in plains zebra population using non-invasive capture recapture method. I analysed how group change affects foal survival and consequently zebra population. While my early work focused on ecology, my work since then has included forest ecosystem modelling, human dimensions of forest conservation, response of forest systems to climate change and protected areas management. From 2018 to till date, I have worked as a forest manager. My role as a manager involved implementing conservation techniques such as fire pre-suppression measures. Furthermore, I developed annual management plans and strategic plans for the natural forest. Seasonally I supervise game census, timber harvesting and anti-poaching activities.  I train communities on ecological monitoring techniques and facilitate these skills to generate quantified biodiversity data from their environs with the aim of identifying and mitigating against natural resource depletion. 

 

Patita Nkamunu (Kenya)

I am an Indigenous woman from Kenya who has been raised and brought up practicing conservation over the last 40 years.  I come from a people called the Maasai living on the  southern part of Kenya bordering Tanzania and home to 60% of East Africa’s largest Mammals. The Maasai are pastoralists and our way of life is in tandem with biodiversity conservation. As I grew up my community culture was considered part of a tourist attraction and living with wildlife meant that we shared our habitat so that wildlife had been part and parcel of our lives. However, communities do no benefit from conservation while government earns revenue from tourism and other related activities. I was inspired to take up the Masters in Conservation Leadership to be equipped with skills on managing projects at regional and global level to create impact among communities as well engaging government agencies to influence decision making. The Masters also offers an opportunity to network and interact with conservationists across the world to share experiences and  lessons learnt. I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Community Development from Daystar University. I have worked and volunteered in several organizations gaining experience in lobbying and advocacy, conservation policies, project management among others. I am affiliated to several organizations in Kenya  such as Earth Acre(Where I am a co-founder), a Carbon Credit start up in the US partnering with indigenous peoples to create biodiversity credits and creating benefits for them and other local and regional organisations. I have worked with communities to develop incentives for communities in conservation with the goal of promoting coexistence and sustainability of community lands and wildlife habitat. I would like to help co create land trusts that will ensure protection of indigenous lands and pastoralism and sustain connectivity of ecosystems. I have a keen interest in developing incentives for benefit sharing and learning about investments in green economies, carbon credits markets to realize the value of natural capital in Africa. 

 

Masaki Ogawa (Japan)

Growing up in the countryside in Japan surrounded by lush forests, I nurtured my passion for nature during my childhood. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (2015) and Masters in Public Policy (2017) in Japan, I started my career in the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. For my five years in the government, I have experienced various environment-related policymaking projects both at the national and international levels. These include projects on sustainable livestock farming, international trade and fishery resource management. My main role has always been about addressing political and socio-economic issues of policymaking. I have been involved in a range of stakeholder engagement, often reconciling conflicting interests of different groups such as politicians, farmers, fishers and environmental NGOs. During the summer of 2022, I volunteered for sea turtle conservation on a Greek island. These experiences made me recognise that building harmonious human-nature relationships in agriculture and fisheries is crucial but complex and that biodiversity is not fully integrated into current policies. At the same time, my passion for biodiversity conservation grew further and I decided to dedicate myself to this area. Last year, I also completed the MPhil in Environmental Policy at Cambridge. I believe this Masters will enable me to develop leadership skills so that I can contribute to integrating biodiversity into wider actions and policies. 

 

Karen Park (USA)

I come to Cambridge following seven years as a professor of linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh and eight years as director of languages and linguistics for the Ethno-ornithology World Atlas. My work broadly engages the theme of biocultural diversity and the intersections of landscape, language, and culture. Deeply concerned about parallel crises of extinction facing languages, ecosystems, and vernacular knowledge systems, I want to more directly link priorities of species conservation and language revitalization, seeing a powerful opportunity in a more multilingual and multicultural approach to conservation practice. As an undergraduate my academic pursuits were divided between the sciences and humanities. Upon graduation I spent a year as a researcher investigating vector-borne diseases in migrating bird populations before joining the U.S. Peace Corps – first teaching in Western China and later working on sustainable development and marine, avian, and forestry conservation projects in the Fiji Islands. Over my years in academia I’ve worked at the University of Oxford and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, as well as served as a research collaborator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The spark that forged this professional trajectory was ignited in a childhood love of a forest and a river in central Wisconsin, increased by the privilege of living and working with local communities around the world and reflected by the myriad ways language and culture hold deep time and deeply meaningful connections to local environments. 

 

Aditi Patil (India)

I am a conservation researcher with a focus on issues that find overlaps between wildlife and human societies. My latest research study with Wildlife Conservation Society - India, focussed on understanding the drivers and facilitating factors of the transnational illegal wildlife trade happening from India's North Eastern borders. Prior to this, I was working with India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for two years as a Young Professional. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Development Studies and a bachelor's degree in Technology in Computer Engineering. I strongly believe that arts and creative writing can help conservation reach a wider audience to create a lasting impact. I authored a mix-genre book based on my research work on agroforestry in India's western state of Gujarat titled "Patriarchy and the Pangolin". Through the Masters in Conservation Leadership, I aim to develop skills that can help me address the critical conservation issues of my country ensuring the voices of the most marginalized are heard and acted upon. 

 

Rasima Sabzalieva (Tajikistan)

I am an early career conservationist with a master’s degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. While doing my postgraduate studies in Economics, I studied Environmental Economics for two semesters. That was when I became interested in environmental studies. A few years later, in 2019, I was lucky to join one of the oldest international conservation organizations, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), in Tajikistan. At FFI, I am coordinating the implementation of project activities conserving the threatened and endangered tree species in two major fruit-and-nut forests in Tajikistan - Dashtijum and Childukhtaron Nature Reserves. I work closely with local communities living close to the reserves, as they are the direct beneficiaries of the forest resources, as well as the cause of most threats to the forest like overgrazing and illegal tree cutting. We have been supporting the local communities in increasing their household income through a Participatory Market System Development approach in order to decrease the pressure on the forests resources. My experience in biodiversity conservation has been exciting so far and, I am looking forward to joining the Conservation Leadership programme to better address the challenges of biodiversity conservation in my country. Moreover, I look forward to meeting like-minded people to share my experience and, most importantly, to learn from the experiences of my peers. 

 

Sandeep Sharma (India)

I was born in the Himalayan highlands of the Indian subcontinent. I grew up in a rural background. I am a graduate and postgraduate in forestry and applied forestry. I also hold a post graduate diploma in wildlife management. Presently, I am a member of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) with more than 18 years of experience in implementing and executing government policies and regulations in the field of forestry and wildlife management in my country.  I have managed protected areas (National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries), reserved forests, and protected forests by administering the rule of law. I presently work in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi, Government of India. My job involves analysis of development and business projects of different disciplines, inter-ministerial meetings, policy debate, presentations, and advocacy on conservation issues. I believe that the right conservation policies of the government play a major role in biodiversity conservation and forest proliferation. I sincerely believe that a person with the right knowledge and attitude, in the right place can make a difference in the life of millions of a country’s citizens.  I am delighted to find the Masters in Conservation Leadership in Cambridge University and I look forward to having a great cross learning experience at Cambridge.