Bianca McKelvey

Conservation Manager: Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal region)

with considerable experience in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem processes, and the sustainable use of these assets, 30-year-old Bianca McKelvey is an authority on environmental issues, frequently quoted in newspapers and on television. After completing a BSc in agriculture at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, McKelvey went on to study environmental law and project management, giving her the legal edge she needed to fight for a protected environment. Feisty and committed, McKelvey is well practised in the art of diplomatic negotiations and is the first to go into battle when issues of ecological or environmental sustainability are at stake. When she's not actively fighting in the field she's coordinating responses to environmental impact assessments, waste management and water-use licences, mining and planning applications. A friend to the public and an enemy of greedy developers, McKelvey is Erin Brokovich and Diane Fossey rolled into one. And thank goodness for that.�Glynnis Underhill