Paula Kahumbu is the CEO of WildlifeDirect. A National Geographic Explorer with a doctorate from Princeton, she is a winner of the Whitley Award and the National Geographic Howard Buffet Award for conservation leadership in Africa. She received a special commendation at the United Nations Person of the Year celebrations for her critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing legal reforms that have halted the elephant poaching crisis in her native Kenya, where the president has awarded her the Order of the Grand Warrior. Paula will join the expedition in Kenya.