Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Dr. Paula Kahumbu is an ecologist committed to transforming conservation results in Africa and the world through science, advocacy, and education. She is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists and is the CEO of WildlifeDirect. She is the brainchild of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the former 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.  She is the producer and presenter of Africa’s first wildlife documentary series made by Africans called Wildlife Warriors which seeks to transform conservation literacy in Africa by shining a light on the continent’s front-line conservationists. The award-winning series is broadcast on free-to-air channels and in schools across Kenya through the Wildlife Warriors Kids program which takes children on scientific wilderness expeditions.  Paula holds the title Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW), she is the Rolex NatGeo Explorer of the Year 2021, winner of the Whitley Gold Award 2021, was awarded The Legacy Award in Conservation at Jackson Wild 2022, and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.