As a natural resources and development specialist, Yannick has established and pioneered numerous conservation and development initiatives to enable indigenous communities to develop enterprise-based solutions which address poverty and provide increased access to fundamental social services such as education, health, and water.
Yannick served as Councillor for Ololosokwan Ward in Ngorongoro District (Arusha-Tanzania) for 10 years during which he led his community through the worst land crisis in their history. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Traditional Ecosystems Survival Tanzania (TEST), a non-profit promoting wildlife conservation, traditional rangeland management and community development.
Yannick has acted as an advocate for his community at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). He also started the only radio station in his community to help develop an active citizenry and connect people working on land rights and good governance.
At Oxford, Yannick intends to further his knowledge on conservation leadership and act as a bridge between the conservation practices and the interests of indigenous groups.