Thalia is Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo within FFI’s Africa Team. She is responsible for developing and managing the programme, which focusses on implementing a community conservation approach.
Thalia was born and raised in eastern DRC, near Kahuzi-Biega National Park. She has visited the park on many occasions and it was here that her passion for conservation and local communities’ livelihoods developed.
She has a particular interest in Grauer’s gorillas, whose conservation is a core aim of the FFI programme. Operating in and around three protected areas and two community reserves, the programme also focuses on developing and implementing sustainable livelihood activities, managing community reserves and working with local partners from a range of backgrounds.