Dr Simeon Bezeng Bezeng

Project Manager: Regional Conservation Programme

Bezeng began his career in Cameroon where he received a BSc in Botany and Environmental Sciences in 2008 from the University of Buea – Cameroon. He then moved to South Africa where he completed his MSc and PhD in plant invasion biology in 2012 and 2016, respectively, from the University of Johannesburg – South Africa.

Bezeng is currently based at BirdLife South Africa where he heads up the organization’s Regional Conservation Programme, actively involved in the development of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s (SSC) species and ecosystem red listing and the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Africa. Bezeng is a certified Red List and KBA trainer and is also the KBA Regional Focal Point for western and southern Africa responsible for promoting the KBA programme within this region.

In addition to supporting African countries with developing national Red Lists and identify KBAs, Bezeng serves on many SSC Committees, including the SSC Steering and Red List Committees and the National Red List Working Group and Alliance.

Christie Wooding

Conservation Assistant

In her role as Conservation Assistant, Christie supports the work of the Regional Conservation Programme and the Head of Conservation at BirdLife South Africa. She assists mainly with administrative tasks, events and social media, making use of her experience of more than 15 years in online education, project management, administration and wildlife television. She is looking forward to applying her skills in the field of Ornithology specifically and biodiversity conservation in general.