Youth Forum for People and Wildlife opens in Johannesburg

This Saturday, the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Johannesburg, South Africa will connect 34 young delegates involved in conservation and animal welfare days before the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Conversations will include reversing the decline of endangered species, using social media for environmental good, and the far-reaching impact of wildlife trade. The 34 delegates were selected from nearly 1,000 applicants and will represent 25 different countries. Delegates will participate in skill-building workshops, listen to presentations and engage each other in discussions about conservation and wildlife welfare issues.

There are many ways for you to be a part of this important event as well:

Join the Virtual Forum – The Youth Forum includes an online community that anyone can join. Simply register at  to engage with the delegates, watch presentations, and tour the virtual expo hall.

Follow us on social – We’ll be tweeting, posting and snapping (on Snapchat) field trips, presentations and behind-the-scenes moments. Feel free to ask questions, repost photos and let us know what you think.

  • Twitter: @action4ifaw
  • Instagram: @ifawhq
  • Snapchat: @action4ifaw
  • #Youth4Wildlife – Follow the event hashtag across social for a conversation from multiple perspectives.

Watch Live – Check out the schedule and watch live the following presentations (times are Johannesburg time):


Wednesday, Sept. 21

9:00 -9:40 Formal Opening

Featuring: Azzedine Downes, Morgan Cottle, Shonisani Munzhedzi

11:45- 1:00 pm – Expert Panel

Focus: Wildlife Trade: What are the key interventions along the chain?

Featuring: Kelvin Alie, Grace Gabriel, Jimmiel Mandima, Adam Pires

Thursday, Sept. 22

7:00 – 8:00 Online Poster Live Session

Focus: 6 delegates present posters

Friday, Sept. 23

2:30 – 4:00 Keynote address by Journalist Bryan Christy, Diverse Perspectives Panel, Closing Message  - Closing messages (delegates, host)

Featuring Bryan Christy, Melina Sakiyama, Titus Letaapo, Jolynn Minaar,

Kelvin Alie, Pat Awori



The future of animals and the world in which they live lies within the hands of younger generations.

We’re excited to provide the platform for these future thought leaders and policy makers to discuss real change and hope you’ll join us online.



Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States
Country Director, United States
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Jimmiel Mandima at IFAW
Deputy Vice President of Conservation
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation
Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Program Director, Wildlife Crime