Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi, Westcom Point, 8th Fl, Block A,Mahiga Mairu Ave, Off Waiyaki Way
For the past five years, over 150,000 elephants were killed in Africa for the purpose of ivory trafficking - creating one billion U.S dollars in illegal trade between Africa and China. The documentary, filmed undercover for 16 months across three continents, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani followed a team of intelligence agents, wildlife activists, and frontline rangers as they infiltrated a global network of ivory trafficking. With the Executive Producer Leonardo Dicaprio, the Oscar-shortlisted film has won numerous awards including the WWF Golden Panda Award (Wildscreen Festival 2016), International Green Film Award (Cinema for Peace Award 2017), and the Best International Documentary Feature (Beijing International Film Festival 2017). Among the activists featured in the film, is a Chinese journalist and Columbia University alumnus HUANG Hongxiang (SIPA’13). The event will be moderated by Mr. Huang Hongxiang and panelists will include Mr. Michael Wamithi among others.
Huang Hongxiangis a Chinese journalist and Columbia University alumnus HUANG Hongxiang (SIPA’13). Since 2011, Mr. Huang has conducted extensive investigations on the environmental and social impact of Chinese investment and trade in Latin America and Africa. In 2014, he launched “China House” in Nairobi, Kenya - bringing young Chinese to Africa for research, wildlife conservation and community development projects. He hopes to create a bridge between the Chinese global investment activities and the global sustainable development agenda. This event is a joint collaboration between Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi and China House on the basis of Africa-China Sustainable Development.
Michael Wamithi is a Board Member of the Jane Goodall Institute Kenya and Founder of Volink. Prior to co-founding Volink / Volink Trust, Mr Wamithi spent 30 years battling to protect Kenya’s endangered wildlife species in his leadership capacity at the Kenya Wildlife Service, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenya Wildlife Trust.