Victoria Mkessa, MSc, is an early career conservation scientist with a keen interest in conservation genetics concepts and the use of applied research for improving local community livelihoods. She obtained her degree in Conservation Management of African Ecosystems from the University of Glasgow, where she studied giraffe-parasite interactions in the Tarangire – Manyara ecosystem. Vicky currently works as the Programs Coordinator for the Grumeti Fund applied research program Research and Innovation for the Serengeti Ecosystem (RISE). In this role, she organizes and plans program logistics, facilitates training programs like Women in the Field, supports long-term elephant movement and camera trapping studies, and continues to develop and pursue personal research interests.
In the United States, the Grumeti Fund is a fiscally-sponsored project of the African Community & Conservation Foundation, Inc. (“ACCF”), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax-deductible donations to ACCF are granted to the Grumeti Fund to support our work.