Paula Kahumbu

Chief Executive Officer, WildlifeDirect

PhD in Ecology, Princeton University; studied elephants in coastal Kenya. One of Africa's best known wildlife conservationists. Chief Executive Officer, WildlifeDirect; brainchild, Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya. The campaign is widely recognized for its singular successes in advocacy and the engagement of the people of Kenya to support the protection of elephants. At a popular level this never has been experienced before in Kenya or any other elephant range state. Recipient of honours and awards, including: Whitley Award 2014; National Geographic Howard Buffet Award for conservation leadership in Africa (2010); National Geographic Emerging Explorer; Special Commendation, United Nations Person of the Year celebrations for critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing action around the crisis facing elephants in Kenya; Kenyan Conservation Ambassador, Brand Kenya; Presidential Award and title of Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) (2015).