Two CITW Programme Co-ordinators Listed among Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders

We are thrilled to announce that Agnes Tjirare, CITW Namibia, and Aline Umutoni, CITW Rwanda, have been listed among the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders list!

The panel received 565 nominations from 425 youth organisations and networks, which underwent a rigorous judging and verification process.

“Congratulations Agnes and Aline, we are so proud of you, and we look forward to learning more from your exemplary leadership as you work through the training etc. from this great achievement, and as you continue to share these with the children and communities too”.

~ Janet Wilkinson, CITW Regional Programme Manager

The Top 100 will have access to a one-year leadership development programme aimed at enabling them to have knowledge and skills to improve the design of their initiatives, implementation model, community engagement, networking and resource mobilisation. The programme will give the Top 100 access to mentorship from industry leaders in nature and wildlife conservation. Further, they will have access to information resources and tools to enable them to better manage their initiatives, as well as monitor and scale and sustain their initiatives.

Meet Agnes Tjirare

As a driven and ambitious Namibian, Agnes has successfully moved up the Wilderness Safaris ranks from working as a waitress in a camp to currently serving as the Children in the Wilderness (CITW) and Community Engagement Administrator in Namibia. Agnes has played a massive role in driving our Conservation Heroes COVID-relief programme in Namibia over the past year, which has seen over 1 300 food hampers delivered to our community partners in most need, positively impacting about 5 200 people.

“The communities were thrilled by the unstinting generosity, and I was personally extremely humbled to see members of the community immediately start making a fire to prepare porridge once they got home”, she told us after a food hamper deliver in late 2020.

Read more of her remarkable story here.


Meet Aline Umutoni

Aline Umutoni’s deep commitment to conservation and community empowerment has taken her from strength to strength, and motivated her to positively contribute to the lives of many. In September 2019, she was promoted to Wilderness Safaris Rwanda – Children in the Wilderness (CITW) and Community Coordinator, which will give her the ideal platform to continue driving the company’s Community, Culture and Conservation Cs (three of its sustainability 4Cs, the fourth being Commerce).

Learn all about the incredible Aline here.


Watch a video showcasing all the young leaders here.


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