Executive Director and Cofounder of Lion Guardians
Leela, the Executive Director and Cofounder of Lion Guardians, obtained her PhD and MSc from the University of WisconsinMadison and is an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University and the University of Cape Town. She is also a Director and Founding Member of Women for the Environment Africa (WE Africa) and PRIDE Lion Conservation Alliance. Leela has worked on conservation issues in East Africa for twenty years and is especially passionate about working hand-in-hand with communities, employing innovation to further conservation goals, and assisting conservationists in sharing knowledge. She has been recognized for her groundbreaking work through numerous awards, including the Rolex Awards for Enterprise (Finalist), CNN Heroes, the Future for Nature Award, the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, the Young Women in Conservation Biology Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Jordan Prize for African Studies. When Leela is not traveling to inspire and connect with others, she is based at the Lion Guardians camp near Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, living in a tent with a gorgeous view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.