A series of informal gatherings where guests working in the field of nature and sustainability are invited to chat about their topic of specialty. These sessions are casual yet informative, and provide a space for like-minded individuals to deliberate and discuss ideas on how to be better stewards of our natural world.
Getting to Know Our Wild Neighbours
Our Wild Neighbours
Have you ever chanced upon a troop of macaques in your estate or heard the iconic "uwu!" calls of the koel? Get yourself acquainted with Our Wild Neighbours and learn the dos and don'ts during an encounter. Get practical tips on how you can coexist with the animals that share our island home and what role each animal plays in keeping our city in nature green and healthy.
Tackling the Asian Bird Trade Crisis: Saving Sundaland’s Songbirds
Dr Jessica Lee
Avian Species Programmes and Partnerships
Dr Jessica Lee considers herself a conservation ornithologist with a para-veterinary background. She heads the Avian Species Programmes and Partnerships at Mandai Nature. She facilitates local and regional conservation research projects supported by Mandai Nature, as well as Mandai Wildlife Group, which includes building the network and capacity of conservation partners in ways that maximise impact on the ground. She is interested in the in situ and ex situ conservation management of threatened birds, as well as addressing key threats such as habitat loss and the illegal and unsustainable bird trade.
Alternative Livelihoods for Shark Conservation
The Dorsal Effect
Kathy Xu is the founder of The Dorsal Effect, an eco-enterprise providing alternative livelihoods to former shark fishermen through ecotourism. With an aim to stop shark fishing on the supply side, The Dorsal Effect gets ex-shark fishermen in Lombok, Indonesia, to lead snorkeling boat trips for tourists. Because who would know the oceans and their boats better than the ex-shark fishermen themselves?
Through her journey setting up The Dorsal Effect, she experienced first-hand the complexities that come with shark conservation. To that end, she will share her learnings about the best way forward for shark and marine protection.
Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation
Researcher and doctoral candidate
National University of Singapore
Aakash Lamba is a conservation scientist, climate change researcher, and engineer dedicated to making the world a better place through innovative and impactful research. His insightful analysis of India's tiger conservation policy highlights the significant carbon emissions offset through better biodiversity protection. Equipped with a passion for ‘Technology for Good’, Aakash employs advanced tools like conservation drones, AI, and blockchain to bolster his research. With fieldwork in remote locations like the Himalayas and Central Asia, published work in prestigious journals, and a decade of experience, Aakash strives to develop holistic strategies harmonizing environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, and sustainable community livelihoods.
This event on Thu, 28 Sep 2023 is now cancelled and will be postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned for the new date.
The Global Refugee Crisis
Philanthropy & Partnerships Lead (Private sector)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Ann has over 17 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector in Singapore, Lao PDR, and Thailand. She is currently the Philanthropy and Private Partnerships Lead in Singapore for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, where her primary focus is to mobilise resources from companies, foundations and individuals, in support of displaced communities worldwide.
Dileep & Remya
Osero Sopia River Camp
Dileep Anthikad is a senior conservationist and an ace wildlife photographer. He spent nearly a decade exploring and documenting the flora and fauna of the Middle East, India, Africa & Papua New Guinea and supporting conservation measures therein. Eventually, Dileep settled down in Masai Mara in Oct 2020, where he leads conservation and wildlife photography mentoring programmes. He is also the co-founder of Rhino Lovers, an NGO established to support local community and conservation initiatives.
Remya Warrier is a passionate wildlife photographer, naturalist and conservationist hailing from Kerala. With a few friends, she set up a farm in Dharmapuri, India where afforestation works have brought back the rains and birds to the region. In 2021, she moved to Masai Mara, Kenya to pursue her passion for wildlife photography and conservation work. Remya is co-founder of Rhino Lovers NGO & Osero Sopia River Camp, and the winner of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2023.
Wildlife Conservation in Malawi
Singapore Wildcat Action Group
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Tim and Carmen went to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi to track the elusive African Wild Dog, but they ended up observing (and helping!) the wildlife team collar a young male lion. They were granted access to the wildlife monitoring, canine security, and veterinarian teams, whose members work tirelessly to safeguard the biodiversity within the park and support the communities that live just outside.
At our next Wild Conversations, Tim and Carmen will tell stories from their trip and share with us the amazing conservation success story of Majete. Joining them on Zoom will be Emmanuel Kandiero, Tourism Manager of Majete Wildlife Reserve, which is managed by African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities in various African countries.
Logistics of Humanitatian Aid
Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Airlink is a global humanitarian organization delivering critical aid to communities in crisis by providing airlift and logistical solutions to nonprofit partners, changing the way the humanitarian community responds to disasters around the world.
Claire is the regional representative for Asia and the Pacific. She is based in Singapore, supporting her colleagues at the headquarters when it comes to programs with NGOs, building relationships with airline and logistics partners, and working alongside donors for the benefit of communities in crisis. These crises may be in-region, or NGOs in the region assisting in humanitarian responses globally.
Recycling & Upcycling
Teo Rui Xiang
Rui Xiang graduated from the NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies programme in 2017. He co-founded Soda Lemon with his then-coursemate, Sean Teoh, to tackle the problem of glass waste in Singapore. They believe that the business should be rooted on the pillars of sustainability, striking a balance between our economy, society and the environment we live in.
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is a non-profit organisation that runs a 2.6ha space called the Kampung Kampus in Khatib. GUI's work focuses on community-building and environmental sustainability, and they do this by connecting people with one another, with the environment and with the self. Starting off as a volunteer in 2011, Bingyu now takes charge of GUI. Bingyu is an architect and played a big part in building the Kampung Kampus and the Heartquarters at GUI.
Shuen & Fang
Regenerative tourism is built on unique cultural identities and environmental practices associated with indigenous traditions. It is a model of tourism where the social and environmental well-being of local communities are improved. Terraformers is an impact startup promoting regenerative tourism offered by indigenous communities to make tourism a force for good. They build a subscription-based platform offering unique travel destinations designed for cultural and environmental regeneration.
Living Alongside Our Wild Neighbours
Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
Anbarasi (Anbu) Boopal started volunteering with ACRES in 2006 while studying at NUS, and then joined as a full-time staff member in 2007. With over 15 years of experience in wildlife rescues and animal protection issues, she is now ACRES’s Co-CEO overseeing the education, fundraising, animal crime investigation and the wildlife management departments at ACRES. With an educational background in Life Sciences and Environmental Management, her interests include empowering individuals on ways to help animals directly, and addressing the root causes of issues through advocacy and education.
Dr. Vilma D'Rozario
Singapore Wildcat Action Group
Vilma has been involved in conserving the Malayan tiger since 2014. Her first major contribution to tiger conservation was as a member of the organising committee of a tiger charity dinner with Cicada Tree Eco-Place (CTEP). From 2015 to 2019, besides being actively involved in Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT Walk Plus), she also monitored wildlife at the Sungai Yu Ecological Corridor in Pahang as a volunteer with the Nature Society’s Vertebrate Study Group (VSG). In 2019, she became co-director of the Singapore Wildcat Action Group (SWAG), a registered non-profit based in Singapore run entirely by volunteers. SWAG’s mission is to build a network of supporters for wildcat conservation, and raise funds to protect the critically endangered Malayan Tiger.