Meet the Team

Policy and Advocacy

Candice Stevens

Policy and Advocacy Programme Manager and Tax Specialist

Candice Stevens manages BirdLife South Africa’s Policy & Advocacy Programme which aims at mainstreaming biodiversity conservation priorities into both the public and private sectors. She is also a tax specialist that has introduced the first biodiversity tax incentive into the South African Protected Areas Network through her management of the Fiscal Benefits Project. Her work is comprised of advancing and testing innovative biodiversity finance solutions and policy integration relating to protected area expansion. Candice has a background in both law and commerce as well as experience in protected area expansion, biodiversity finance, environmental law and policy-making on financial incentives.

Jonathan Booth

Advocacy Officer

Jonathan is an Advocacy Officer on the Policy & Advocacy team. He will be focusing on coordinating BirdLife South Africa’s response to proposed developments in sensitive bird regions, and will assist in policy efforts to help secure important bird habitat.


Hiral Naik

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) and Policy & Advocacy Admin Assistant

Hiral is the administrative assistant for the Policy & Advocacy team assisting in various administration tasks within the P&A programme including marketing and media, communications and writing.