Cécile is a versatile campaigner and educator working for a nature-rich future. She studied human geography in the Netherlands and holds a PhD in conservation biology/social sciences from Charles Sturt University. For nearly twenty years, she has led a wide range of award-winning advocacy campaigns and collaborative initiatives protecting and celebrating nature across Australia. She is the director and co-founder of the Kids In Nature Network and Nature Play Week.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, Cécile spent a large part of her childhood playing outside. A few of her favourite things include exploring the world on foot and through music. She is passionate about giving everyone – especially young people – the opportunity to experience and look after special places, both locally and in the wider landscape.
Cécile’s PhD research explores the practice of connectivity conservation in Australia; a collaborative, networked approach to large-scale nature conservation and restoration. She is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, an alumnus of Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA), a recipient of the Mary Byles Award and a Milo Dunphy Award Finalist.