Meet the Team

Policy and Advocacy


Dr Melissa Lewis

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Melissa is responsible for spearheading BirdLife South Africa’s policy and advocacy work. Her responsibilities include working to integrate conservation objectives into environmental laws and policies; supporting government in respect of its national and international conservation obligations; and engaging in reactive advocacy work to address the environmental challenges facing BirdLife South Africa’s conservation programmes. She also supports the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the provision of policy and advocacy support to BirdLife partners across Africa, with a particular focus on the East Atlantic Flyway.

Hiral Naik

Hiral Naik

Regional Conservation Programme 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 and she also assists with advocacy case work.