Mofenyi "Keddy" Moleofi

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Class of 2021

  • Home country: Botswana
  • College and degree: Bachelors in nature conservation - Tshwane University of Technology
  • Current position: Bird population monitoring program coordinator at BirdLife Botswana
  • Specialization: Birds, biodiversity conservation and monitoring
What is the most memorable or impactful experience of your career so far? 

For the last decade I was able to bridge the gap of birding among the rural communities to create knowledge and interest of birds among the rural community members by engaging them in bird monitoring.

What impact do you want to make in your country?

I want to make an impact on effective measures, methods, monitoring of veld products harvesting, most importantly sand mining and plants harvesting, that are informed by research. I also want to advocate for improved and strengthened laws for threatened species that promote effective monitoring, protection and conservation of the species and their habitats in Botswana.

How do you think your Humphrey Fellowship and your time at Cornell will help boost your career? 

The Humphrey Fellowship will improve my research and statistical analysis skills. I also hope to grow my communication, leadership and emotional intelligence skills most importantly.

What does public service mean to you?

Public service means engaging in activities that address the needs of the community at large to improve their livelihoods. 

Tell us a fun fact about you. 

I have had good experiences engaging with people in rural communities, which i gained from the citizen science program that I managed. I am happiest when doing nature tours and going to church. 

What is your personal motto? 

Take everyday's challenge as it comes and have a fresh start each day building from yesterday's mistakes.

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