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The WWF Nedbank Green Trust supports leadership development for biodiversity



Posted on 14 July 2015
Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Fellowship
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Established in 2012, the GreenMatter Fellowship has grown in its development of specialists, researchers and leaders for biodiversity. The WWF Nedbank Green Trust has put its support behind the leadership development component of the GreenMatter Fellowship for the next two years, supporting mid-career biodiversity professionals.

Twenty WWF Nedbank Green Trust Emerging Leaders, working under the banner of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust Emerging Leaders Fellowship, will join the community of sixty five GreenMatter Fellows during 2015 -2017 in further developing their leadership skills.

“The WWF Nedbank Green Trust understands the importance of grooming new, environmentally savvy leadership from a diverse pool of bright and passionate young South Africans and our sponsorship of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust Emerging Leaders Fellowship is a crucial part of our plan to find and develop skills for the future benefit of our sector,” commented Augustine Morkel, WWF-South Africa’s Executive Manager of Operations and the WWF Nedbank Green Trust.

Developing key leadership skills of those already in the workplace is fundamental to improving, not only the career growth of deserving emerging leaders, but also impacting positively on their approach and impact with regard to conserving our natural capital. With the focus shifting towards a more complex and systems approach to solving conservation problems, and looking at opportunities towards more sustainable development, it is critical that current specialists and professionals are supported.

The twenty emerging leaders will have the opportunity to engage through two developmental contact sessions aimed at better understanding themselves, their role as change agents and being exposed to transformative leadership requirements and practice. However, theory alone is not sufficient! The WWF Nedbank Green Trust Emerging Leaders will also have the opportunity to put their learnings into practice through impactful projects, engage in networking events, and undertake a Personal Leadership Development Programme.

As a sector- wide initiative, GreenMatter has ensured that various partners within the GreenMatter community are involved throughout the process such as selection, mentoring and networking components of the programme.
In the words of Warren Bennis “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” It is in this spirit that the WWF Nedbank Green Trust continues to support the development of South Africa’s GreenMatter.

 
Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Fellowship
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