Youth for Wildlife Conservation
Run by Youth, For Youth, Promoting Youth

Our Team

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Y4WC was formed by the participants of the inaugural Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.  
Meet our team of wildlife-loving early-career conservationists!



Josephine Crouch

Cécile Tang

Josephine is a wildlife conservationist with a background in zoology from the United Kingdom. She is currently studying for her masters in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade. 

She is interested in investigating the over-exploitation of endangered species. Josephine has experience in monitoring and mapping out trade routes of endangered species caught in the illegal wildlife trade all over the world, as well as in implementing operation logistics for developing conservation efforts on the ground against wildlife trade.

Cécile is a French/ Chinese/ Canadian environmentalist dedicated to advancing wildlife conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals using an interdisciplinary approach.

She holds a BSc in Biology and a joint-MSc in Environmental Sciences, Management and Policy (Erasmus Mundus MESPOM). Her experience focuses on marine conservation, tropical ecology and Indigenous communities. She’s passionate about working alongside different stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges.




Mareen Esmeier

Mareen is an environmental campaigner from Germany.  She recently graduated in Political Science and has conducted research on national as well as international environmental policy. Mareen has been working with various NGOs like Friends of the Earth Germany, IFAW and is currently employed at the German Animal Welfare Association of Berlin.


Steering Committee

Olya Espiova 

Olya is a student from Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Alongside her studies in Psychology, Olya is part of the Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA), a network of researchers and conservationists who have been studying and protecting the critically endangered prehistoric saiga antelope for over 15 years. Through the SCA, Olya participates in community outreach programs, specifically environmental education for children in all its forms.



Connel Bradwell

Connel is a British conservationist currently living in British Columbia, Canada. He works as a Wildlife Education Manager for the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, running free wildlife education programs and nature walks for low income school children and youth at risk on Vancouver Island (reaching 25000+ people in the last 3 years). Connel also volunteers with a local bird banding group and participates in orca conservation programs.


Lynsey Grosfield

Network Coordinator 

A science and environmental writer, Lynsey has worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). She currently works for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the managing editor of Trade for Development News. Along with volunteering for Y4WC she is completing a Master's in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh.

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Tiff de Groot

Digital Media Campaigner

By day, Tiff is the Social Media Coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She has a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Mollecular and Cell Biology. With a deep interest in the interface between science and art, Tiff is passionate about communications for wildlife conservation.

We would also like to thank all our volunteers and members of the network who contribute to Y4WC!

As well as being amazing, innovative and passionate conservationists yourselves you guys are just awesome for helping build Y4WC and promote youth engagement and wildlife conservation.

Thank you!

Board of Directors 


Adam Miller 



Nancy Barr 



Amielle DeWan, PhD