Meet our team of wildlife-loving
early-career conservationists!

Cécile Tang 唐希西


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Hi there! I’m Cécile (chinese name 希西, pronounced “C-C”), 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 was on marine conservation, tropical ecology and Indigenous communities. I enjoy working alongside different stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges. Other passions? Food and travelling!

Josephine Crouch


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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 (in addition to my role within Y4WC) I am studying for my Masters in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade at DICE in Kent, UK.

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

Sultan Khan

Network Coordinator

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Hey! I'm Sultan, and I come from a career in the corporate sector..! Being a recent MSc graduate in conservation and international wildlife trade, I’m fairly new to wildlife conservation. Why did I make the leap you may be wondering? Because I want to make a positive impact on the world! I've previously worked in a variety of business environments, gaining experience in how to run businesses. I am deeply interested in IWT, anti-corruption and transparency issues within conservation. Im also a serial traveller!

Tiff de Groot

Digital Media Campaigner

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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.

Rahaf Al Saif

Steering Committee

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For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to help save the world and its wildlife.

Having completed my undergraduate in Environmental Health Management, I have spent several years campaigning on humanitarian, environmental and wildlife issues, including my work with International Fund for Animal Welfare in Dubai.

I have attended many United Nations simulations, and I love meeting people who share my passion and goals. This made me realize that there’s still hope for the environment and communities, and so I keep pursuing.

As a wildlife educator, and painter I’m now keen to share my experience and find out more about the concerns affecting communities in different parts of the world and share my experiences with the world.

Connel Bradwell

steering committee

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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.

Olya Espiova 

Steering Committee

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Growing up in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, and inspired by my parents from a young age, I have 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.

 Mareen Esmeier

Steering committee

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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.

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

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As well as being amazing, innovative and passionate conservationists yourselves, you are all incredible in your efforts to build Y4WC and fight for youth engagement and wildlife conservation everywhere.

Thank you!


Board of Directors 

Adam Miller 


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Nancy Barr 


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Amielle DeWan, PhD


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