Etienne grew up in Stellenbosch, where he studied Biodiversity and Ecology at the Stellenbosch University. After graduation, Etienne worked with various NGOs, including Gondwana Alive(www.gondwanaalive.org) , Rim of Africa (https://rimofafrica.co.za/) and Earthchild Project (http://www.earthchildproject.org/), where he was responsible for coordinating and facilitating their environmental programmes.
Etienne also successfully completed a biodiversity training program for South African environmental monitors with the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (http://www.nsasani.co.za/the-ssli-concept) in the Kruger National Park. He is currently completing his honours degree in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling through the University of South Africa (UNISA).
“I am passionate about community engagement and bridging the gap between education and action. I believe that youth-led, experiential and citizen science projects are essential to build and acquire the necessary skills and to provide local environmental information that can be used to help address the environmental challenges we faced in this day and age”.
Etienne will be responsible for engaging the youth, educators and the public in activities to raise awareness about biodiversity conservation and invasive species. His duties include the planning and presenting of classroom lessons, fieldtrips and holiday programmes, as well as the development of curriculum-based resources.