for conservation leaders

Lead in Conservation

The need for 21st-century skills permeates every level of the conservation organisation. Whether at the entry-level, middle management or top-management level, professionals must make decisions that affect the growth of the sector.
Today’s conservation professionals need a broad range of managerial, financial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills that will enable them to make a lasting impact. To meet this need, SOWC runs a specialised 10-month leadership training programme through a conservation lens to with practical insights from carefully curated conservation topics and mentorship from leading conservation experts.

Is the Leadership Pathway right for you?

Are you a professional with 1-5 years experience?

Are you passionate about nature and the wildlife economy?

Are you eager to become a change catalyst in the conservation sector?

Are you ready to step up to lead the organisation where you work?

Are you interested in people, strategic and commercial leadership?

The programme

The Leadership Pathway is a 10-month part-time leadership programme run by SOWC that turns managers into high impact leaders and empowers them to fast track their growth.

An executive

The School of Wildlife Conservation has leveraged the African Leadership Group's 15 years of leadership development experience to deliver this unique 10-month part-time executive training programme

Tools to deepen your understanding

It is uniquely curated to provide mid-career professionals with the tools to deepen their understanding of leadership and drive their personal and professional journey

4 main
leadership paths

The programme is designed around 3 main leadership paths: people leadership, strategic leadership and commercial leadership.


Participants will learn new leadership skills and have the ability to apply them to real-world conservation scenarios

Our Approach

Pathway participants are taken through a four-phased leadership model with 10 modules that cut across self, people, commercial and strategic leadership. The programme is structured as a series of distance-learning courses delivered virtually on a monthly basis.

Participants will be equipped with tools and frameworks to use in their organizations, undergo leadership challenges to directly apply their learning to real projects, and perform leadership diagnostics to best evaluate their performances.

Who is it for?

The Leadership Pathway for Conservation Professionals is designed for professionals, industry technicians and entrepreneurs with at least 1 - 5 years of work experience in a sector that manages, impacts or depends on conservation. Examples of such sectors include:



The Leadership Pathway for Conservation professionals gives you the training to drive forward your career strategically, by learning to lead yourself and others

We provide a platform to expand your professional network across the continent with new opportunities for collaboration with conservation peers.

We offer a comprehensive, student-focused experience with the opportunity to apply what you learn to real-world conservation scenarios.

Stay tuned on how to apply



A 10-month executive course

Testimonials from alumni

Carla Corsino - Project biodiversity (Projeto Biodiversidade) , Consultant

“For me it is a pleasure to be part of this training, it is the first time that I integrate a training of this type, exclusively to train African leaders, with members from African countries and it is a reason for honor and total satisfaction.”

Mansour Fall - Chef de Service, Ministere de l’urbanisme, du Logement et de l'hygiène Publique Sénégal

“The sessions were great and well designed. It is relevant to the skills I needed.”

Babacar Diagne- Head Of Supply Chain Coordinator, Groupe SONATEL Senegal

“The facilitators and team’s spirit motivated me to continue the program and everything I have learned so far could be applied to my work.”

If you would like further information, please contact Aina Andriambola.