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!

 
 

  Co-Directors   
  (Coincidentally, we are both a fan of lakes)    

Josephine Crouch

Cécile Tang

Hi, I am Josephine, a wildlife conservationist from the UK. My background is in zoology, in which I had a lot of fun studying invasive reptiles in the Florida Everglades and learning about the pet trade that got them there. But, my interests developed, and after working with different NGOs combating illegal wildlife trade, I got back to the books and right now (as well as developing Y4WC) I am studying for my Masters in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade at DICE in Kent.  

I am interested in investigating and finding solutions to endthe over-exploitation of endangered species.

 

I am Cécile and I travel around a lot. I am a French/ Chinese/ Canadian environmentalist dedicated to advancing wildlife conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals using an interdisciplinary approach.

I hold a BSc in Biology and a joint-MSc in Environmental Sciences, Management and Policy (Erasmus Mundus MESPOM), where my focus on marine conservation, tropical ecology and Indigenous communities. What I am really passionate about is working alongside different stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges, oh and food.

 

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Mareen Esmeier

My name is Mareen, I am an environmental campaigner from Germany.  I recently donned my cap and gown and graduated in Political Science.  I have conducted research on national as well as international environmental policy and since graduating I have been working with various NGOs like Friends of the Earth Germany and IFAW. I am currently employed at the German Animal Welfare Association of Berlin.

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Steering Committee

Olya Espiova 

Growing up in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, inspired by my parents I had a deep respect and love for wildlife. Going onto study psychology may have been an unusal path to take, but wildlife conservation relies on human activity and any sucessful conservation project needs to understand how humans behave and impact our wild species. As 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 - I organize community outreach programs.

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Connel Bradwell

Hi, I am Connel, a British conservationist currently living it up with the wild wolves, birds and whales of British Columbia, Canada. Here I work 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). I have a real love for birds, so I also volunteer with a local bird banding group and participate in orca conservation programs.

 
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Sultan Khan

Network Coordinator

I'm Sultan, a former business management graduate and new to the conservation world. I've previously worked in a variety of business environments, with the hope that my experience can help me set up a novel NGO. Along with volunteering for Y4WC I'm currently finishing an MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade at DICE, Kent.

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Tiff de Groot

Digital Media Campaigner

By day, I am the Social Media Coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). I have a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Mollecular and Cell Biology. With a deep interest in the interface between science and art, I am 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 

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Adam Miller 

President 

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Nancy Barr 

Treasurer 

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Amielle DeWan, PhD

Secretary