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Sunday, September 24 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Community Empowerment

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Preserving the world’s wild cats can benefit the entire ecosystem they inhabit. For conservation to be successful and sustainable, it must raise up communities through education, human services, commerce and economic growth. This session will take an in-depth look at sustainable and diverse ideas to empower, engage, and enhance local communities that are an integral part of the wild cat’s landscape.

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Laly Lichtenfeld, PhD.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, African People & Wildlife
Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld believes wild animals and humans can coexist in harmony. A long-time resident of Tanzania, Laly co-founded African People & Wildlife in 2005 to help rural communities conserve and benefit from their wildlife and natural resources. Laly received her Ph.D. from Yale University in wildlife ecology and social ecology. Laly is a Distinguished Alumni of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute, a National Geographic Explorer, and a recipient of the 2016 Lowell Thomas Award for open space... Read More →

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Andrea Heydlauff

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, African Parks
Andrea Heydlauff is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for African Parks, a conservation NGO that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across Africa. They have the largest amount of area, six and a half million hectares under management, and the largest counter-poaching force, with 850 rangers, for any one NGO on the continent. Prior to joining African Parks, Andrea was the founding employee of Panthera where she served as Senior Vice President for eight years and helped establish them as a leading big cat conservation organization. Before that, she managed the Tiger Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society across nine countries in Asia, and was a co-author on... Read More →
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Mateus Mutemba

Warden, Gorongosa National Park
Mateus Mutemba was born in Mozambique in 1972. He received a Masters in Public Policy from The Australian National University in 2005. In 2011 Mutemba became Warden of Gorongosa National Park. He also serves as Board Director for the Gorongosa Project, and as vice-chairman of the General Assembly of... Read More →
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Thandiwe Mweetwa

Wildlife Biologist and ConservationEducator, Zambian Carnivore Programme
Thandiwe Mweetwa is a wildlife biologist and conservation educator with the non-profit organisation, Zambian Carnivore Programme. Her work focuses on studying lion population dynamics in Luangwa Valley and building local support for the protection of species and other large carnivores. Thandiwe is a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee and a 2016 National Geographic Emerging... Read More →
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Jennifer Snell Rullman

Assistant Director of Conservation, Snow Leopard Trust
Jennifer Snell Rullman, Assistant Director of Conservation for the Snow Leopard Trust since 2003, guides community-based conservation initiatives, including the Snow Leopard Trust’s flagship program, Snow Leopard Enterprise (SLE) which empowers women in conservation.  Working with colleagues in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, and China, she is committed to engaging in positive, long-term models of community-based wildlife conservation... Read More →
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Sejal Worah

Program Director, WWF India
Dr. Sejal Worah has worked in the field of natural resource management and sustainable development for over 25 years. She is currently Program Director at WWF India in New Delhi, where she manages and provides strategic direction to an interdisciplinary team of over 250 professionals working on diverse issues ranging from human-wildlife conflict to renewable energy, river pollution to indigenous rights and coral reef conservation to market transformations. Her key area of interest, while managing WWF... Read More →

Sunday September 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge