Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly 2020-07-14T20:09:54+00:00

Programme Officer

Caitlin joined the CCSG in 2018 as the group’s first Programme Officer. Originally from New Jersey, USA, Caitlin spent four years working for a national conservation nonprofit in Washington, DC, before moving to South Africa where she earned her MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. After graduating, Caitlin worked as a Technical Analyst in the Global Change Biology Lab at Stellenbosch University on a range of projects including the analysis and synthesis of climate change impacts on biodiversity for South Africa’s National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA). As a member of the Africa Regional Assessment Team of the Spatial Planning for Area Conservation in Response to Climate Change (SPARC) project, Caitlin helped evaluate the highest priority conservation areas for strengthening the climate resilience of Africa’s protected area network. She led in-country SPARC workshops for government researchers, policy-makers, and local practitioners from South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to facilitate science-driven policy uptake. Caitlin has also worked with the African Climate and Development Initiative to help promote the scientific communication of research findings for the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) project. Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) program, a prestigious two-year program for leadership development, capacity-building, and professional skills training in the field of conservation.