Building a strong conservation community has always been core to MAVA’s approach. Leaders that can carry on and multiply efficient and innovative initiatives, long after MAVA’s closing, are a key component of this community.

MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy

This programme – MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy, has been specifically designed for MAVA partners, to combine leadership development with inter-generational exchange. It equips the participants to lead more effectively within and beyond the organisations. Participants will:

  • Raise their awareness of leading self and impact on others
  • Develop greater inter-generational understanding and cooperation
  • Enhance their ability to Lead Beyond Authority – increasing their ability to lead and collaborate across boundaries
  • Experience the power and potential of mentoring which supports long term personal and professional growth
  • Stretch their problem-solving and creative skills – by being exposed to a new approach to innovation
  • Grow new networks – by connecting with diverse participants, contributors and speakers
  • Explore how to apply what they have learned to their own leadership and in their organization

Two cohorts of 30 participants each have already benefited from the Academy in 2018 and in 2019. A third one just started its leadership journey and will be graduating by October 2020. A fourth and last English speaking edition will take place in 2020/21.

Practical information

This academy is for both senior and young professionals from all MAVA direct and indirect partners, meaning any organisation that receives directly or indirectly funds from MAVA to implement their work.

It is run by Common Purpose and Mowgli Mentoring, who we have chosen to work with because they are recognised and applauded experts in their respective fields, leadership development and mentoring.

The next (and last) edition will be held in English. Applications will open on 8 October 2020. For more information, check out the Academy page here.

Why should you apply? Below is a short film in which Djibril Diallo, Executive Director of the NGO Nature Mauritanie shares his experience at the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy in 2019. For more insights, you can watch this video with other testimonies from participants and read this blog article.


Academy Alumni

The Academy has four cohorts; three currently ongoing (two English speaking and one French speaking) with the fourth and final (English speaking) cohort expected to officially begin in January 2021.

> Meet the alumni!