The AfESG Secretariat is based at the offices of IUCN ESARO in Nairobi, Kenya. The Secretariat is staffed by a Programme Officer, a Database Manager and an Administrative Officer, overseen by the AfESG's Chair.
Holly T. Dublin, PhD
Tara joined the AfESG in 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the activities of the AfESG Secretariat. Tara has a broad, multidisciplinary background and first studied issues surrounding the conservation of African elephants while completing a Bachelor's degree in Biology, minoring in Environmental Science. While earning a Master's of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Tara coordinated courses for international conservation practitioners as an intern with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and worked on projects with The Golden Lion Tamarin Association and others. She then devoted time to broaden her management skills to include health, leading a statewide implementation of a program promoting the meaningful use of electronic health records before being selected as a Global Health Corps fellow. Now she uses her conservation and policy background, as well as experience with program management, to aid the AfESG in enriching its work.
Mathilde joined the AfESG in 2015 as the Database Officer and is responsible for overseeing the African Elephant Database. Mathilde is French and has a background in agronomics and computing. She has experience working with both computing companies and research institutes and has managed spatial databases on pests in the Indian Ocean and fishes across the African continent. In addition to France, she has lived in Senegal, Belgium and on Reunion Island. She likes sports, travelling, enjoying nature and is concerned about environmental issues. She is thrilled to work on a project to conserve Africa's elephants.
Cecily joined AfESG in August 2001 as Administrative Officer. Her appointment was mainly to help administer an EU grant that the AfESG had received between 2000 and 2004. Since then, she has stayed on to administer other grants that the AfESG has received from various donors and is an integral part of the AfESG team. Her main roles are budgeting, financial and administrative management of AfESG grants and general office management.
Cecily has over 20 years’ experience in administrative work in various organisations. Before joining AfESG, she had worked as a Logistics and Administrative officer for the CIDA Programme Support Unit in Nairobi providing logistical and administrative support to CIDA funded projects in Kenya and Uganda. She also worked for UNHCR and Malawi High Commission in Nairobi among others.
Cecily has completed an Executive Bachelor of Business Management at Management University of Africa and graduates in November 2014. She also holds a diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and certificates in secretarial studies (Kenya Polytechnic) and financial management (eCornell University).