Amielle DeWan, Ph.D., Impact by Design
Lesson 1 Instructor: Analyze Your Conservation Context & the Need for an Education Program
Amielle DeWan is the Executive Director of Impact by Design, a non-profit consulting firm that partners with mission-driven organizations to help them achieve their greatest potential. Previously, Amielle was International Fund for Animal Welfare's Sr. Research and Monitoring Specialist and was responsible for M&E across all programs. As the Sr. Director of Conservation Research and Monitoring at Rare, she evaluated and improved behavior change campaigns and developed curriculum to train local partners. Amielle serves on several working groups and boards, including the IUCN Species Conservation Planning Subcommittee, Environmental Leadership Program, and the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program. She received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, Statistics, and GIS from Cornell University and her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and Public Policy from the State University of New York, Albany.
Lesson 2 Instructor:
Craft Conservation Messages That Lead to Action
Brooke Tully helps conservationists create conservation movements that stick. She does this by bringing together best practices from her work in commercial advertising, insights from the behavioral and social sciences, and her first-hand experience implementing conservation programs. Brooke spent a decade of her career working in ad agencies, such as Ogilvy. In 2007, she joined Rare to design and implement behavior change campaigns to inspire local communities in Mongolia, Thailand, Laos, and The Philippines to adopt more sustainable fishing and hunting behaviors. As an independent consultant since 2016, Brooke offers services to help organizations develop cost-efficient communication and outreach plans that spark conservation movements.
Wilton Nsimango, Painted Dog Conservation
Lesson 3 Instructor: Teach Engaging Content with Mastery
Wilton Nsimango is the Education and Community Development Programs Manager at Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), situated on the periphery of the renowned Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. For the last 11 years, he has led a world-class education program at PDC. Wilton also coordinates community programs, including conflict resolution and collaboration. Prior to this, he served as PDC's Environmental Officer, Headmaster at Sir Roy Welensky, and as a Teacher at several other schools in Zimbabwe. Wilton has a Master's degree in Education Management from Zimbabwe Open University and a Bachelor's degree in Education Management, Policy, and Planning from the Gwanda Zintec College.
Johanna Vega, Proyecto Titi
Lesson 4 Instructor: Evaluate Your Program For Conservation Results
Johannna Vega is the Deputy Director of Proyecto Titi, an NGO that has been working for 30 years to protect the critically endangered cotton-top tamarins in the tropical dry forest of northern Colombia. She runs operations, logistics, and planning for all of the organization's programs, including education, community, and communications. Johanna also teaches at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. She previously participated in the design, pilot testing, and implementation of evaluation tools to measure the impact of Proyecto Titi's education programs. Johanna is a psychologist and has a Master's degree in Education.
Amy Clanin, PEN and Design Pathways
Course Lead and Co-Moderator
Amy Clanin helps conservationists change human and business behavior faster and more effectively by leveraging the latest design methods from Silicon Valley companies. As the Executive Director of Design Pathways, she has guided conservationists from 30+ countries through a structured and innovative process to develop behavioral solutions to their real-world challenges and needs. Previously, Amy founded PEN in 2012 to equip educators with training, resources, and peer learning opportunities to work together, design their programs with rigor, and positively change their audiences’ behaviors. Amy’s commitment to designing and facilitating interactive and impactful learning experiences began as an educator, DJ, and Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.
Pradeep Suthram, MBA, RippleWorks
Pradeep Suthram is the Head of Experience at RippleWorks, a non-profit dedicated to helping scale mission-driven startups in emerging markets. His focus is to empower teams to be human-centered and build successful products to change behavior and improve lives. Pradeep also serves as an Advisor for PEN and Design Pathways. Prior to Rippleworks, Pradeep was a consultant and process lead at VMware. He also built online products for 300+ non-profits and governments at a B-Corp, PICnet.
Xyomara Carretero-Pinzón, Ph.D.
Course Spanish Translator and Coordinator
Xyomara Carretero-Pinzón is a biologist with a special emphasis on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on primate communities in the Colombian Llanos. She graduated with a doctoral in Landscape Ecology from the University of Queensland, Australia and has a Master's degree in Biological Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. A native of Colombia, she is also an educator and has served as an English translator for over 10 years.