Kendi Borona is a conservation professional with over a decade of experience in diverse landscapes across Africa. She is a firm believer in the application of indigenous knowledge in the furtherance of just conservation and community livelihoods. Her scholarship and research are informed by her work with indigenous peoples and communities in several African countries, Australia and Canada. She has published a series of academic papers on community-driven conservation, cultural heritage management, and indigenous knowledge systems and environmental governance. Her research interests include indigenous knowledge-driven environmental governance, forests and associated landscapes as arenas of self-determination struggles in Africa, food and seed sovereignty, and community livelihoods. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Forestry of the University of British Columbia, Canada.