'Do not ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive'.
Howard W. Thurman
Hello, I'm Nathalie Zenny,
an ocean-loving Conservation Practitioner with a social and international development bent. I have over sixteen years of experience managing projects - being chief cook, bottle washer and holding various other roles in conditions ranging from challenging to super-challenging.
My work has taken me to countries such as Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, the Seychelles, Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Brazil.
My professional and personal experiences have taught me that while the world will enthusiastically resist our attempts to change it, it is nonetheless worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears and one's smiles and laughter.
My work and my values
For 13 years I worked for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world's largest international conservation NGO https://www.nature.org.
More recently, I have been exploring the world of social enterprise and innovation, and the potential to combine for-profit enterprise with critical social/environmental needs and goals.
Skills and a selection of projects
The Development of a Food Strategy and Plan for Eleuthera
A significant amount of planning has been done for the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. However, fundamental to and missing within the major plans is a focus on food security. The One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) commissioned this proposal.
Stush in the Bush Eleuthera Style: Cuisine, Culture and Care
Commissioned by the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF), this proposal focuses on the conceptualisation and development of a farm to table dining experience to support OEF's current community health, farming and outreach activities.
People-based Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Focused on development and implementation of:
Photo©Dr. George Warner
Pedro Bank Project
Fisher Learning Exchanges
Massa God Fish Can Done
Co-produced a fisheries documentary “Massa God Fish Can Done”, which had great success as a public awareness tool within Jamaica and across the Caribbean region for fisheries management and marine conservation
Applying Social Innovation tools to problem-solving
Social Innovation is defined as "a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals"
Social Innovation is not limited to a product or service (e.g. microfinance), but can include processes and principles and apply and adopt methodologies such as Human Centred Design, business principles and field techniques used in social sciences.
Project scoping and development
Preliminary findings for development of Enriche Programme B.Barefoot social enterprise activities and revenue sources
Conducted an analysis on behalf of Barefoot College (BC) to identify and determine the feasibility of potential social enterprise activities for BC Zanzibari women.
Photo©Channa van Leijsen
Launch of Blue Bikes Zanzibar
Led a small team of young Zanzibaris in the development and launch of a for-profit bicycle rental and tour guide social enterprise – Blue Bikes Zanzibar – for the Kawa Training Center, a vocational training center focused on training Zanzibar’s young adults, especially women, for gainful employment.
English (native tongue), French, Spanish (C2), Italian, Portuguese (B2) German, Haitian Creole (B1)
* *Ratings based on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/elp/elpreg/Source/assessement_grid/assessment_grid_english.pdf
Ardent thallasophile (lover of seas and oceans), I am happiest by, in, on or near the water. I believe in purposeful and simple living, slow food, the kindness of strangers, and stopping to smell the flowers.
Forever curious about this beautiful Planet Earth/Ocean of ours, while my tempo and tongue are Caribbean, I am a multilingual, multicultural citizen and ardent fan of the world.
To Give Is To.........
Chris Koch, Alberta, Canada