Interviews

CLP is proud to have supported some of the leading lights in conservation and it is always a great pleasure to find out how their careers are progressing.

Past award winners often credit CLP with catalysing their successful careers. Many of them are now working full time in the conservation sector within national and international NGOs, universities, research organisations and private companies as biodiversity consultants. Several CLP alumni are now directing country-wide, regional and global programmes of work.

Conservation Leadership Award

Pursuing new paths to help heal nature in Brazil

Alberto Campos, August 2022

Conservation Leadership Award Multiple
Three-time CLP award-winner, Alberto Campos, shares his insights from a 28-year career in conservation: from co-founding a national NGO and spearheading key conservation successes, to pursuing a PhD in an...Read interview with Alberto Campos

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Conservation Leadership Award Multiple
Conservation Leadership Award

Staying in the fight for future conservationists

Caleb Ofori-Boateng, April 2022

Conservation Leadership Award Amphibian
Three-time CLP award-winner, Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng, is the founder and Director of Herp Conservation-Ghana (Herp-Ghana), an NGO working to raise awareness and garner support for amphibian conservation. In this interview,...Read interview with Caleb Ofori-Boateng

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Conservation Leadership Award Amphibian
Future Conservationist Award

Growing a seed of hope in Argentina

Erica Cuyckens, December 2021

Future Conservationist Award Plant
After over a decade leading efforts to protect Argentina’s wild cats, Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) alumna, Dr Erica Cuyckens, Assistant Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET),...Read interview with Erica Cuyckens

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Future Conservationist Award Plant
Future Conservationist Award

A noble quest: Safeguarding the Critically Endangered Philippine cockatoo

Indira Lacerna-Widmann, September 2021

Future Conservationist Award Bird
Conservation Careers writer Marie Conroy speaks to CLP alumna, Indira Lacerna-Widmann, about her heroic efforts to save the Philippine cockatoo from extinction. Known for their ability to mimic humans, the...Read interview with Indira Lacerna-Widmann

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Future Conservationist Award Bird
Future Conservationist Award

Rescuing reptiles and reaping the rewards

Allwin Jesudasan, April 2021

Future Conservationist Award Reptile
Allwin Jesudasan is the Director of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT/CFH) in India. He first joined the CLP alumni network a decade ago, and now...Read interview with Allwin Jesudasan

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Future Conservationist Award Reptile
Future Conservationist Award

Steppes to success in Central Kazakhstan

Vera Voronova, November 2020

Future Conservationist Award Bird
Vera Voronova is the CEO of the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK). Having started out as a student member of the ACBK board in 2009, she...Read interview with Vera Voronova

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Future Conservationist Award Bird
Conservation Leadership Award

Going wild for the Andean cat

Mauro Lucherini, August 2020

Conservation Leadership Award Mammal
Three-time CLP award-winner, Mauro Lucherini, is dedicated to studying and conserving wild carnivores. He is a council member of both the Andean Cat Alliance and Wild Felid Research & Management...Read interview with Mauro Lucherini

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Conservation Leadership Award Mammal
Conservation Follow-up Award

Looking out for birds in Brazil

Tatiana Pongiluppi, April 2020

Conservation Follow-up Award Bird
Tatiana Pongiluppi is an expert on Brazilian birds. She runs a birdwatching company in Brazil and leads expeditions for tourists all over the country. Thirteen years ago, Tatiana started out...Read interview with Tatiana Pongiluppi

Bird
Conservation Follow-up Award Bird
Future Conservationist Award

Believe in yourself and do it

Nelly Isigi Kadagi , October 2019

Future Conservationist Award Fish
Dr Nelly Isigi Kadagi is Director of Research for the African Billfish Foundation (ABF) and the Co-Principal Investigator for the BILLFISH-WIO project. She recently completed her Ph.D. from the University...Read interview with Nelly Isigi Kadagi

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Future Conservationist Award Fish
Internship

Big picture thinking

Jean Paul Ntungane, May 2019

Internship Bird
In 2011, Jean Paul Ntungane joined the Conservation Leadership Programme alumni network via his CLP internship with BirdLife International in Rwanda. Today he is project manager for the Critical Ecosystem...Read interview with Jean Paul Ntungane

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Internship Bird