Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EAT
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Evelyn Namvua
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group
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COVID-19 and Adaptive Leadership: Enhancing Integration to Build Back Better  

Webinar Flyer Covid building back better Oct2020 v2

Register NowThe coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all areas of our life. Amidst the illness and the loss of lives of thousands of people globally, are negative environmental, economic and social consequences that have come with lock downs, social distancing and other measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus. This zoonotic disease, has demonstrated the strong interconnection between ecosystem health and human health. It has demonstrated that no sector can be able to conduct business in a degraded environment, and the need for integration and collaboration across sectors. 

Leaders have had to make tough decisions and develop strategies that would see their organizations, employees and those that they support cushioned from the economic and social shocks caused by the pandemic. In this webinar, conservation and development leaders will share lessons they have learned during the crisis and measures that they are putting in place to ensure that all the three dimensions of sustainable development, social, economic and environment, are met. The webinar will discuss key practices and solutions for building back better in the midst of a pandemic. 

Discussion topics will include: 

  • Building back better: Resilient communities 
  • Building back better: A Green and Just Recovery 
  • Building back better: The One Health Approach

Speakers Bio

Lucy Waruingi, Executive Director, African Conservation Centre

Lucy Waruingi is the Executive Director of African Conservation Centre (ACC) - a Kenyan NGO dedicated to the conservation of the diversity of life for the well being of people and the environment, through collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, improved livelihoods and good governance. Lucy holds a BSc in Computer Science and statistics from University of Nairobi and an MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and has over 20 years’ experience in the conservation field. Lucy has had long interest in the management and interpretation of biological and environmental data for decision-making at all levels and informing initiatives that enhance local livelihoods in rich biodiversity areas. 

Lisa Parrot – Regional Programme and Quality Director, Save the Children 

Lisa Parrott is Save the Children’s Regional Director for Programme Quality in East and Southern Africa. She has been working in sub-Saharan Africa for almost 20 years, with a technical background in economic development, financial services, food security and livelihoods. She currently oversees quality implementation and impact measurement in 14 countries where Save the Children operate programmes. Her team leads monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning across the portfolio, ensuring strong evidence of impact. In addition to managing the regional partnership team which works closely with donors, she represents Save the Children’s portfolio in the region with government and partner stakeholders. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business.  

Alice Ruhweza - Africa Region Director, World Wildlife Fund, International

Ms. Alice Ruhweza is the Africa Region Director for the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where she leads and oversees a regional program comprising 10 countries and 400 staff. She is leading the design of a new conservation framework that brings together work at national, transboundary and global levels, as well as development of a new system of program quality assurance. Alice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda), and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin (USA). She is an Aspen New Voices Senior Fellow, a Henry Arnhold Conservation Fellow and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. She sits of the Boards of the CGIAR; the Global Ever-Greening Alliance and on the steering committee of the Future Earth Water-Food-Energy Nexus working group.

Josphat Ngonyo  -  Executive Director, Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

Josphat Ngonyo is the Founder and Executive Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW). ANAW is the largest indigenous, hands-on, Pan-African non-governmental organization that promotes humane treatment of all animals across the continent by working with communities, governments, partners and other stakeholders, represented in 25 African countries. In this role, Josphat is leading ANAW’s strategy focused on ensuring that animals are treated as sentient beings both at the grassroots and policy level. Through the annual Africa Animal Welfare Conferences, a platform he initiated and currently in tripartite partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Africa Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). Josphat has been a champion and an advocate for the integration of animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation into the continent’s policies and strategies for the achievement of sustainable development goals in Africa. Josphat has worked extensively in wildlife conservation and animal welfare for over 20 years. Josphat earned his MBA from Africa Leadership University School of Business following a B.ED (Arts) degree from Moi University, and a Diploma in Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations. Josphat serves on the Boards of Africa Network for Animal Welfare - USA and Compassion in World Farming, United Kingdom. He is also an Honorary Warden, appointed by Kenya Wildlife Service due to his achievements in wildlife conservation in Kenya.