My two great hobbies are discovering the world and International Development. Discovering the world has always been an enjoyable activity, and one that I engaged in as soon as I was able to set out into the world. A career in International Development was not one that I had planned, although it looks like I was born to do it.
I studied at the Lycee francais Charles de Gaulles in London, opposite the Natural History Museum. Needless to say, obsessed by animals and nature, i was an avid member for countless years, dragging my parents to the dinosaur section and spending many school hours learning to spot the differences between various species of extinct fish. Having completed my Science French Baccalaureat as an immature kid, I went on a gap year to South America, returning more experienced and with a better idea of what to do in life. My natural science degree at Bath University gave me a deeper understanding of sciences, especially environmental ones, and my Masters in Ecology, Evolution and conservation at Imperial College London showed me how vital the links between ecology and society are.
Straight out of University, I was very fortunate to get an internship at Frontier, the Society for Environmental Exploration, and wrote a paper on historical densities of Puku antelopes, for which I am now regarded as a world expert (having never seen them in my life, as they life in the secluded Kilombero valley of Tanzania).
I now work at CABI, formerly the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, established in 1910. My first job was to analyse the World Bank’s and African Development Bank’s portfolio on Sustainable Land Management projects in Sub Saharan Africa. Having found some “interesting” results, I am now working in the Plantwise initiative (http://www.plantwise.org) which consists of developing plant health systems infrastructure through a plant clinic platform in developing countries in order to deal with crop pests and diseases, and relaying the pathological information to a open access knowledge bank facility.
My main hobbies include photography, rockclimbing, football, making tea when working late, riding my Honda Hornet motorbike, making pumpkins for halloween and wearing different coloured socks
There are three reasons why I have started this blog:
Firstly I know that whenever I am stuck indoors, on a dreary wet day, I long to be travelling through tropical heat and unforgiving sun, scarily high mountains with the risk of impending death, or plumbing depths with my snorkel in an underwater paradise. Great pictures take you to these weird and wonderful places. Thankfully, I have gotten into photography and I go to some of those areas of the world. This has made me realise I could, and should bring these moments back with me. I want to give you that split second of amazement, that is so precious in this 1000 mph life.
Secondly, when I travel to these places, it usually takes me a while to get there. Patience is not only a virtue, but frankly a necessity! 10 hour drives no longer faze me, plane delays are just an opportunity to catch up on some reading, one hour and half for a curry? No problem, lets have a chat with the cook. Anyway, my point is that I have a lot of time to myself, and I give a lot of this time to thinking about where I am, what I am seeing, what has changed for the worst, and what can be changed for the best. This blog gives me this platform. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting!
Finally, I want to give a platform for other people to share their ideas and thoughts about their experiences and thoughts whilst travelling, or living in other parts of the world. Allourworldviews is very simple: I want to know what people think about parts of the world, their own view and what is expressed through media and grapevine. I want to know if others are intrigued by the mysterious similarities between a chaiwallah in India and a bakery in Brockenhurst, or angered by the hypocrisy of the recent Convention of Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties, or simply amazed by the use of Facebook in bringing down an Egyptian autocracy.
If you have something to say, I want to hear it. Simple.
I hope this blog is what you hope it can be. So do I