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Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Wildlife Conservationist

CEO of WildlifeDirect, Dr. Kahumbu has a PhD from Princeton and is an ecologist committed to transforming conservation results in Africa and the world through science, advocacy, and education. She is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists and sits on the boards of WWF International and the National Geographic Society. The Hands Off Our Elephants campaign was the brain- child of Dr. Kahumbu and Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the former first lady of the Republic of Kenya. The campaign is recognized for its successes in advocacy and the engagement of the people of Kenya to support the protection of elephants. Dr. Kahumbu is the producer and presenter of Wildlife Warriors, Africa’s first wildlife documentary series made by Africans, which seeks to transform conservation literacy in Africa by shining a light on the continent’s frontline conservationists. The award-winning series is broadcast on free-to-air channels and in schools across Kenya through the Wildlife Warriors Kids program, which takes children on scientific wilderness expeditions. Dr. Kahumbu holds the title Order of the Grand Warrior, was the 2021 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year, winner of the 2021 Whitley Gold Award, and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She was listed among the world’s twenty-five most influential women in 2022 by the Financial Times.

Dr. Paula Kahumbu
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