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Unexpected meeting of alumnae
As Lincoln alumnus Sir Don McKinnon has said publicly on a number of occasions, Lincoln University alumni are to be found working all over the world and they bump into one another in the most random of places.

The Alumni and Development Office has been delighted to hear from alumna Kirsti Nghidinwa who works in the African state of Namibia, and who unexpectedly met up in Thailand with alumna Wendy Jackson, who works for the Department of Conservation in Wellington.

It all came about through membership of their respective countries’ delegations to the 2013 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Thailand. 

Kirsti is a conservation scientist with the Namibian Government’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism. She holds an MSc in Plant Ecology from Lincoln University where she was based from 2006–2008, supervised by Dr Jon Sullivan of the Bio-Protection and Ecology Division.

Wendy did a PhD in International Environmental Policy at Lincoln University from 2005–2011, supervised by Dr Ton Buhrs of the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design. Wendy is the Senior New Zealand Officer for CITES, working through the Department of Conservation.