I have a background in applied ecology and conservation. Interested on how sound conservation science can be applied to improve human well-being and also provide greater understanding of the interaction of links between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and climate change. I also take a keen interest in collaborating on conservation science projects with an emphasis on capacity building initiatives. This I believe is an important component of developing conservation leaders now and in the future especially in resource poor but rich biodiversity countries.
I currently manage amongst other things the small grants components of the Conservation Leadership Programme at BirdLife International. Working with scientists across the world to use sound science to design solutions to biodiversity conservation challenges. I am also involved in the development of a Capacity Development Programme for the BirdLife International network of 117 organizations in 116 countries.