Wildlife Conservationist Jean-Gaël “JG” Collomb
We are thrilled to have JG Collomb, a prominent wildlife conservationist as a featured speaker at this year’s 2018 EB TEDxYouth event.
Jean-Gaël “JG” Collomb, Ph.D. has always been passionate about animals, and so are his two children, Chloé in Grade 3 and Luca in Kindergarten. Originally from Paris, France, JG started his career working in Lopé National Park in Gabon at an ecological research station focused on chimps, gorillas, mandrills, and other wildlife.
Over the past 20 years, he has been involved with non-profit organizations addressing issues at the interface between wildlife conservation and development. At the World Resources Institute, he developed the Central African branch of Global Forest Watch, an non-governmental organization network-pairing field based information with remote sensing data to monitor logging companies.
He returned to Gabon with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help the development of national parks and ecotourism. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Network, an organization that invests in the best ideas to save endangered wildlife, providing long-term, in-depth support to local conservation organizations through its Partners’ Network, as well as shorter term project support through its Crisis and Recovery Funds aimed at saving wildlife across a species’ range.
JG has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida with a concentration in tropical conservation and development, and studied the effects of tourism on people’s well being around protected areas in northeastern Namibia.
Eli Marienthal, EB alumni class of 2000
Eli Marienthal runs Back to Earth, a wilderness guiding and outdoor education organization based in Oakland, California. This organization works with young people to develop practices of personal development and self care through a culture of peacemaking and thanksgiving.
Eli is a lifelong learner and educator. He is trained through The Tracking Project in Corrales, New Mexico, a non-profit led by John Stokes devoted to peacemaking, nature awareness and cross cultural respect. He is a NOLS alumnus and a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Eli is also a poet, dancer, songwriter and spoken-word performer. He was a first generation Youth Speaks poet, and was (maybe still is) the youngest member of a winning Brave New Voices National Slam Team, as well as the youngest to win the Bay Area Slam. He continues to perform original work, sharing with audiences his distinctive voice of gratitude.