Meet the people behind the TBA organisation. We work either from our European office in Cambridge, or from our African office in Nairobi.
Rosie is a passionate advocate of capacity building as a vital tool for effective conservation. A zoologist with a PhD from Oxford University, she has been at TBA from the beginning, creating the courses that TBA runs and making sure TBA’s teaching has real and lasting impact.
Rosie has been a leader, partner and contributor on a variety of conservation projects around the globe, ranging from institutional capacity building, through developing and testing teaching materials, to integrating social issues in conservation.
“Meeting so many dedicated conservationists from around the world is the most rewarding and inspiring part of my work.”
Kuria’s role is to develop and manage our programmes in Africa. He has taught on field courses in Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar and Tanzania and numerous specialist courses. Kuria has been instrumental in supporting and strengthening the TBA alumni group movement.
Before joining the TBA in 1998, Kuria was a research associate in the Ornithology Department at the National Museums of Kenya. He has a Masters’ degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Bachelors’ degree in Wildlife Management from Moi University, Kenya.
Kuria is an alumnus of TBA and began working with us because he believed in the TBA model, and because of his burning desire to transfer knowledge and mentor young people.
“I love being part of TBA because nothing is more satisfying for me than seeing my protegées grow in their career and become respectable conservation leaders.”
Much of Kevin’s research career has been in Southern Africa. He holds an MSc from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a PhD from Imperial College London. Kevin has accumulated over ten years of practical field experience, many of those leading research teams in remote locations. He has worked in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. His interests range from mammal behaviour to crocodilian conservation as well as human-wildilfe conflict issues. Combined with several years of lecturing, Kevin is keen to develop more engaging teaching and learning techniques.
“I was always inspired by the great leaders of conservation such as David Attenborough. However, since I began lecturing and leading field courses this has shifted to the students becoming my inspiration. Seeing them achieve pushes me to challenge myself even further every day.”
Mugo’s role is the day-to-day management of the TBA Specialist Courses programme and the development of new high-impact, demand-driven short courses for African conservationists.
To this end, he maintains close contact with conservation scientists and their institutions, and develops training based on identified needs.
Mugo holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a focus on climate change and sustainability. Previously, he worked as the Special Projects Officer at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy, and as a Consultant for the BirdLife International Africa Secretariat.
“The best thing about working in conservation is the realisation that we share this world with many other species of animals and plants and we must consider the impacts of our actions.”
Born in Kenya, Cheryl-Samantha developed a fierce drive to protect the continent’s resources and trained in the biological sciences. She holds a MSc in Conservation Biology with Distinction from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute for African Ornithology (University of Cape Town) and a BSc Honours degree in Business and Environmental Science from Imperial College, London.
Cheryl-Samantha has over ten years’ experience working in conservation. She has lived in Africa for most of her life and worked on projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Djibouti, the Seychelles and South Africa. After working in research, managing conservation projects and running her own business in conservation photojournalism and communications, Cheryl-Samantha is now focused on developing TBA programmes. Her experience of working on issues of sustainability and biodiversity, as well as working at ground level with smallholder farmers, holds her in good stead for developing new programmes for TBA.
Clive co-ordinated and taught on TBA field courses in Africa and Madagascar for 10 years. An environmental biologist, he is particularly interested in pollination ecology – the subject of his PhD from the University of St Andrews, where he also lectured for several years. He has worked in Central America, Israel, the Greek Islands, and Egypt.
“Working for TBA has been both a pleasure and a privilege. It is exciting to assist in the flourishing careers of enthusiastic dedicated young scientists; a real conservation success story!”
Maina has been with the TBA team since 2007. In his current role as Programmes Officer he manages logistics for TBA courses, and for the Nairobi office. He is also responsible for maintaining the TBA Alumni database. Maina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University, Kenya.
Previously, he worked as a conservationist at Segera Ranch in Laikipia plateau, Central Kenya and has also been engaged in the development of strategic forest management plans for local communities in various parts of Kenya.
“My position in TBA gives me an opportunity to follow careers and academic progress of TBA alumni and it’s a pleasure seeing many of them start their conservation journey to become pacesetters in their respective careers.”
Milcah provides support for the implementation of the TBA’s follow-up support programme, assists in office administration, logistics support and in the management of the Nairobi office finances. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecotourism from Egerton University, Kenya with a focus on Environmental Science. Having previously worked for Ecotourism Kenya, Milcah has experience in communication and has written articles and case studies on environmental conservation and responsible travel.
“I am honoured to be part of a dynamic team that is shaping the future of environmental conservation and instills in people the knowledge and desire to protect our planet.”
She has long experience in secretarial and administrative roles, with forays into publishing, environmental research and teaching adult education courses. An enthusiastic amateur botanist, Monica has a keen interest in ecology, conservation and wider environmental issues.
“What I find satisfying about working for TBA is the positive feedback we get from our alumni who say how much they – and conservation – have benefitted from our courses.”
Debbie works alongside the teams in Cambridge and Nairobi to develop and implement communications strategy. With a degree in Physical Anthropology from Cambridge University, she trained as a journalist and has worked freelance on three continents, writing mainly on environmental issues.
“When I meet alumni, I realise just how much TBA inspires and supports young scientists. Their enthusiasm and commitment to make the world a better place — both for people and for wildlife — is so encouraging.”
Joy works closely with the TBA programmes manager in Nairobi where she offers support in TBA programmes and projects. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University and is keen on supporting environmental conservation and management measures.
“Working with TBA has provided me with the opportunity to be involved first-hand in environmental conservation programmes and learn more on how the organization is making positive impacts on environmental conservation”
As well as holding a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Daystar University, Juliet is also an environmental steward and a champion for environmental sustainability. She’s an expert in new media methodologies and an avid content writer.
“I am excited to be a part of the TBA family as my passion lies in Communication and Conservation, and getting to work in both fields simultaneously is a dream come true.”