Metolo Foyet

Founding Curator and Curator, Gainesville Hub,

BA in Politics and IR (Lancaster University, UK) │ MA in Conflict, Peace and Security (Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center_KAIPTC, Ghana) │ PhD in Geography, Specialisation in GIS, Wildlife Conservation Policy and Protected Areas Management (University of Florida, USA, 2025) │Yale ELTI Program Alumna, YALI Fellow, AU-UNDP Fellow, Recipient of Stanford Seed Transformation Program, Alumna of Colorado State University's (Women's Leadership in Conservation) Seminar program, Member of CLN (Africa Conservation Leadership Network). Kindly check LinkedIn profile for a complete overview.
Geographer and social scientist by training, and community leader by birthright, Metolo's interest spans across the conservation and restoration of tropical landscapes, the wildlife economy, and sustainable development policy and planning. Consequently, her current work focuses on the institutional linkages between social media movements, conservation policy and action, with specific application to the tropical context.

Prior to joining the conservation industry, she spent 15 years of practice at the intersection of rural development and social justice, implementing community development and outreach programs, and bridging the gap between rural and global communities by leveraging formal education, TVET and technology. In addition to experience acquired in the humanitarian, agricultural and start-up industries, notably in operations, communications, technical translation, new product development, sustainable supply chain and procurement, she has equally accumulated experience in research, knowledge management, country risk and global diplomacy analysis, having worked in managerial and consultancy capacities worldwide, for Governments and organizations such as the World Bank, UN agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Development agencies, Conservation-based agencies, FMGs, Open Society Foundations and CSOs.

When she is not in rural areas contributing to communities taking over the management of their natural resources, she paints, writes, or globe/cyber trottes to show and see the world as others do.

Career Objective: engaging in intellectually challenging roles that contribute meaningfully to leveraging technology/indigenous knowledge to enhance rural development, the green economy and the sustainable management of resources in Africa and in collaboration with the West.
Research Objective: contributing to inter-disciplinary research (green technology, peacebuilding, arts, management, governance) that bridges scholarship and practice in conservation and development.
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