Country Perspective – Nepal
Kumar Paudel | Co-Founder of Greenhood Nepal
Panel Discussion – Going up the Chain
*Formal presentations will be followed by an extended open discussion period for direct and informal interaction with our guest speakers.
Dominique Prinsloo is a wildlife biologist with 10 years’ experience researching and working on a variety of projects relating to wildlife conservation in Africa such as wildlife crime and trade, community-based natural resource management and protected area management. She is coordinating and implementing several research projects, such as wildlife crime offender interviews and court case monitoring, and illegal wildlife trade awareness interventions in her current position as a Project Support Officer for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, under the USAID-funded Combating Wildlife Crime Project (CWCP) in the KAZA TFCA. TRAFFIC is a conservation partner of the United for Wildlife Taskforces.
Sadé joined TRAFFIC in 2017 as a Research Officer after completing her master’s degree – a project which focused on rhino poaching in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa. She works under the ReTTA project within TRAFFIC – which stands for Reducing Trade Threats to Africa’s Wild Species and Ecosystems. The project’s focus is on reducing the illegal as well as unsustainable trade in wildlife between Africa and Asia, by conducting a variety of different project activities – one of which included spending many hours within the walls of South Africa’s correctional centres. TRAFFIC is a conservation partner of the United for Wildlife Taskforces.
Kumar Paudel is a conservation scholar-practitioner and Co-Founder of Greenhood Nepal, based in Nepal. He conducts research to understand species conservation problems and to develop interventions on the ground. His work is mostly focused on controlling the illegal wildlife trade, scaling up pangolin and plant conservation, and conservation policy.
William (Wim) Brown is a recently retired US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent with 26-years of law enforcement experience. He specialized in targeting transnational organized criminal networks involved in drug, weapons, and wildlife trafficking, narco-terrorism, financial crimes, and other illicit activities. These investigations spanned Africa, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the USA. For the last ten years he has established and mentored an elite, vetted unit in East Africa that conducted numerous investigations, one of which dismantled a major international drug and wildlife trafficking network. Wim is an accomplished investigator, small-team leader, and a committed law enforcement officer. As Founder and CEO of FCS, he is focused on reducing organized wildlife trafficking.
Vincent Opyene is the CEO and Founder of the Natural Resources Conservation Network (NRCN). From a young age Vincent knew that he wanted to make a difference to the state of Uganda’s wildlife and so he combined his passion for the natural world with his love of the law. His experience in the field, conducting ranger patrols in National Parks for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, combined with his experience in the Courts as a state prosecutor, was the inspiration that Vincent needed to establish the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN). Vincent has single-handedly changed how Uganda addresses the illegal wildlife trade. Uganda now has a specific court dedicated to wildlife cases as a direct result of their success. This exemplifies the significance of Vincent and NRCN’s work in changing policy and practice in enforcing wildlife laws. Vincent is an unsung hero who works behind the scenes to make real change happen in addressing wildlife crime. In 2018 he was the winner of the prestigious TUSK award for conservation in Africa. Vincent and the NR
Krissie Clark holds an MSc in Botany from the University of Cape Town and is the Co – Founder and Executive Director of PAMS Foundation, a not for profit conservation organization based out of Tanzania (also registered in the USA and Europe). She has been involved in conservation and wildlife crime prevention in Africa for over 20 years, of which the last 13 years have been in Tanzania. The work in Tanzania focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Anti-Poaching, Environmental Education, Human Wildlife Coexistence and more recently sustainable livelihoods.
Rob leads the United for Wildlife Taskforces on behalf of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Taskforces work towards creating a global movement of change within the transport and financial services sectors to protect endangered species from illegal markets through awareness-raising, intelligence-led action, facilitating innovation and sharing of best practices. Prior to joining The Royal Foundation, Rob worked with Prudential, managing their expansion into Africa, with the Olympic Games in London, and with the British Army.