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Kate Vannelli

Program Director

Global Conservation Corps

Kate Vannelli is a conservation scientist and National Geographic Explorer whose career began in Namibia, working to conserve cheetahs with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She holds a B.Sc. in environmental science as well as an M.Sc. in conservation and rural development from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. During her degree work, she conducted and published research on the community aspects of snow leopard conservation and ecotourism in the Himalayas through the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust, and gained experience with the many human dimensions of conserving large carnivores. She has also worked on the Namibian national leopard census, using camera traps and questionnaires to gain insight on the pressures facing the African leopard population. Currently, Vannelli works as the Program Director for Global Conservation Corps, with a strong focus on GCC’s conservation education platform, the Future Rangers Program. From her experience, she believes that the key to conserving wildlife is ensuring that the youth living alongside protected areas have access to, and can benefit from that wildlife.