Our story

About Konservation

We are a not-for-profit organization and youth network that aspires to present a different perspective of conservation in Africa.

The word Konservation is derived from the Chichewa word Konza – an indigenous language spoken by the Bantu people of East and Southern Africa.

Konza encapsulates the ambition to solve problems.

In this context, Konservation serves to make young people realize that they have the capacity to tackle emerging problems that plague our communities and our environment. The ethos of our work is to sustainably develop rural-based communities as a means to achieve environmental conservation.

Konservation has ongoing grassroots projects in south-west Kenya that raise awareness about climate change, promote conservation agriculture, empower women and increase access to solar technologies.

The Team

Unelker Maoga

Founder & Director

Unelker is a conservationist and community developer. She holds a Crse. in Sustainable Innovation Design from Aalto University and is an MSc Environment and Development student at the University of Edinburgh.

She has expertise in awareness, research, design

thinking and market-based incentives in conservation. She has previously worked in wildlife conservation and her interest in people, conservation and rural community development led her to establish Konservation. Unelker is also a One Young World Ambassador, Youth Climate Leaders fellow, National Geographic Explorer and a WWF Africa Youth Awards in Conservation champion.

Dailash Lagat

Project Manager – Climate Change Education

Dailash is a conservation champion and educator. She holds a BSc in Environmental Conservation from the University of Nairobi. She has experience in research, awareness, communication, strategy and proposal development and training.

As a Conservation Leadership Program recipient, she supported the formulation of the Local Engagement and Empowerment Strategy by BirdLife in Africa. She works to persistently mentor children to become problem solvers and critical

thinkers  and is the Project Lead of our Climate Change Education project. She is also a co-founder at Evamor Africa, a conservation social enterprise based in Kenya.

Daniel Holod

Project Lead – Regenerative Agriculture

Daniel Holod is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford’s MSc in Environmental Management and MBA. He has a keen interest in the innovative implementations of sustainable practices among business enterprises and development projects. The pursuit of these interests led him to manage climate-resilient projects in East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia in both the public and private sectors.

He has worked in analyzing the impacts of sustainable agriculture programs among smallholder farmers in developing communities, who are already feeling the impacts of climate change.

Sylvia Kwamboka

Project Lead – Inuka Project

Sylvia is a mathematician who is passionate

about social entrepreneurship. She holds a BSc. Actuarial Science from the

University of Nairobi and has professional experience in business operations, project development and management.

She is dedication to women empowerment, entrepreneurship and innovation, recognised for her work by Edinburgh Innovations. As a trained aromatherapist, Sylvia is the Project Lead of our Inuka Project and the Founder and Managing Director of Infused: Bath and Balms, a start-up in the natural cosmetic enterprise that manufactures, distributes and trains women how to make handcraft natural body products.

Ismini Ethridge

Project Lead – Regenerative Agriculture

Ismini received her BSc in Global Development from Cornell University. She has worked on a number of pro-bono consulting projects with social enterprises around the world, and conducted research on comparative models for rural electrification in the Himalayan region. Her work in Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development led her to support the Director on a number of initiatives revolving around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She is particularly interested in the intersection of land use, sustainable food systems, and public health and is Head of Strategy and Development at our Regenerative Agriculture project.

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