Bee eater in Okavango Delta, Botswana, 2007. —Cecilia Simon, 2014 Fellow


18 Fellows will travel from 15 countries including: Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States to attend the month-long, in-residence program held in Bellingham, Washington.

Fellows are carefully selected from diverse regions and with varying environmental interests. From June 26 to July 27, Fellows participate in an exceptional learning experience delivered by renowned faculty and includes individualized coaching sessions and a curriculum focused on conservation finance, leadership, and business and management practices.

“Kinship Conservation Fellows believes that collaboration is the key to solving environmental problems,” said Nigel Asquith, Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows and Director of Strategy and Policy at Fundación Natura Bolivia. “Kinship’s peer-to-peer learning focus will guide this cohort as they tackle real-life challenges, from establishing a trading platform for improved conservation outcomes in tropical commodities to exploring biodiversity offsets in Mexican Protected Areas. Kinship faculty and I look forward to helping Fellows advance their use of market-based tools and hone their leadership skills so they can successfully implement innovative conservation strategies when they return to the field.”

Kinship Fellows often consider attending the program to be a turning point in their career, as Cecilia Simon, a 2014 Fellow attests. “It made me realize that I could go from doing good things to doing great things and that I am not alone to do that,” said Cecilia, “I met the most amazing conservation leaders who are, like me, trying to make a difference. Now that we have met, we can do it together.”