I am the Director of the Tropical Biology Association, a capacity building NGO with offices in Cambridge and Nairobi. Through the TBA, I have developed a programme of practical training combined with follow-up support that is building careers of conservation scientists and professionals from around the world. I previously worked in marine conservation in Kenya and was a research scientist at Oxford University and the British Trust for Ornithology. I have a BA and Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oxford during which time I carried out varied projects on birds, lizards, coral reefs and the Malagasy giant jumping rat. I am particularly interested in the role of capacity building as a tool for conservation.