Paula’s career in wildlife and conservation spans 24 years and during this time she has worked for both Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations, private industry, set up a conservation Trust, is a Trustee of numerous Trusts and currently sits on the board of Lewa Conservancy.
She is currently Chief Executive Officer of WildlifeDirect and leads the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign, is the Producer of the award winning NTV Wild and NTV Wild Talk TV Series, Chairperson for National Museums of Kenya and a Princeton University Lecturer in Undergraduate Ecology.
Her career started in 1992 when she was Co-ordinator of the Tana Primate project, a World Bank funded GEF project. She was later the Assistant Coordinator of the KWS Elephant Program. Between 1996 and 2001 while carrying out her PhD fieldwork, she founded the Wakuluzu Friends of the Colobus Trust in Diani, Kenya. And during the same period, she was also Scientific Advisor and Acting Deputy Director for Scientific Services for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Later in 2000-2003 Paula was the CITES Coordinator for Kenya Wildlife Service and Deputy Director for Parks and Protected Areas.
Between 2004-2007 Paula worked for the Multi National company Lafarge East Africa as the General Manager of Lafarge Ecosystems at Haller Park in Mombasa Kenya.
More recently Paula was the Executive Director of the Kenya Land Conservation Turst (2010-2012), member of the National Task Force on the Impact of Pesticides in the Environment, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture (2010-2014).