Kay Farmer

Capacity Development Lead

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Capacity development for the interconnected themes of wildlife welfare and conservation has been a key component of Kay’s 25-year+ career. Kay has worked cross-continently, with a range of large and small non-profit organisations and networks, government agencies and donors, providing a range of services from managing a capacity strengthening programme to network development and mentoring of network members, to facilitating strategic and succession planning, and evaluating projects.

Kay began her career leading the establishment of the first wildlife sanctuary in Cameroon. This position naturally led to an interest in translocation, culminating in a PhD focused on the challenging behavioural-ecological and management issues associated with chimpanzee reinforcement. Recognising the inherent value of sharing learning and knowledge, Kay helped establish regional networks for wildlife sanctuaries in Africa and Europe. Seeking solutions to the very issues that drive wildlife to need translocation, she went on to establish and manage UNEP’s first post-conflict country-level programme in Africa aimed at strengthening capacity for environmental management.

Kay has worked internationally, helping to strengthen the interventions of organisations in South and Southeast Asia focused on human-wildlife interactions, wildlife rehabilitation, and species conservation programmes. Kay joined ASAP in 2021 as the Capacity Development Lead to help design and implement the capacity development strategy for ASAP partners. She looks forward to getting to know the ASAP partners and to help them maximise and sustain their positive impacts for ASAP species.