I am excited to announce that I was one of the recipients of this distinction, awarded during the recent World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. Here is what I had to say:
I am honored to receive this distinction. This award will give me additional energy to continue to positively influence the source of all threats to biodiversity: human behavior. I hope to continue to champion the field of conservation marketing as an innovative way to address this challenge. Finally, I would like to leave a word of appreciation to the Society of Conservation Biology for supporting my work, Rare for creating an environment full of learning opportunities and, of course, the incredible community of practice that is the IUCN CEC.”
The IUCN CEC recognizes the importance of young professionals, between 18-35 years of age, in achieving a bright future for conservation. CEC provides this prestigious award to recognize and showcase the outstanding work being undertaken by young professionals around the world. The panel of judges all agreed that candidates Diogo and Linh exemplified the character, creativity, and dedication that will carry successful conservation into the future. The distinction was presented during the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii.