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Noelle Kumpel

Zoological Society of London
Conservation Policy Programme Manager
Noelle has 18 years’ experience in conservation, research, project management and policy, including 5 years’ in the field in Africa and Asia, specialising in tropical forest conservation, in particular wildlife hunting/trade, protected areas, business and biodiversity, monitoring and sustainable livelihoods. Following interdisciplinary doctoral and postdoctoral research with ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, Imperial College London and University College London on bushmeat hunting in West and Central Africa, she worked on biodiversity indicators with IUCN in ZSL’s Indicators and Assessments Unit and then co-managed ZSL's Africa Programme for over six years, running projects in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya and Madagascar. She now bridges science, conservation and policy in her current role, focusing on policies and tools to safeguard space for nature, including priority conservation areas such as natural World Heritage sites and primary forest, and support sustainable development. She also co-chairs the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group and chairs the UK Bushmeat Working Group. For research outputs see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Noelle_Kuempel and follow her on Twitter @noellekumpel.