Regional Coordinator for South Africa: LOMBE BILLY MWANSA (ZAMBIA – Male), 2012-2014
Facilitator, Environmental Advocate, Founder and CEO YEN-Zambia and founder of R’ashion Camp Zambia
Billy M. Lombe was born in Lusaka, Zambia and grew up with the passion of taking care of the environment. When he was young he planted trees and grew vegetables at his family’s home. He is now CEO of an organization called Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia, which he founded in 2007. Presently Billy and Taryn Hipwell are in the process of creating a camp that educates students in the US and Africa about the environment through Recycled Fashion.
Throughout the last 10 years Billy has dedicated himself to the issues surrounding development and environmental sustainability from the perspective of youth empowerment and community development. His academic background is based extensively in social work, promoting environmental conservation and behavior change. He has worked for various youth-oriented organizations in Zambia, Kenya and the rest of Africa as a whole…ranging from the YMCA to Habitat for Humanity to Cosmos Education to Green Warriors Movement (GWM) Kenya. Billy is also currently serving as a Southern Africa Regional Coordinator for one of the biggest youth climate change networks, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) www.ayicc.net. In each setting, he has applied his skills to develop, implement and monitor programs geared towards engaging and empowering youth and the general community. Billy trains teachers and youth to become peer educators and active participants in the fight against environmental degradation and climate change. His current work with Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia has also contributed to this growth and has served to enhance his ability to work internationally in settings geared towards youth and community participation in environmental conservation matters.
Since 2008 to date Billy has been featured both on Zambian’s national TV stations, radio and print media to talk about youth, climate change and advocating on critical environmental issues. Some of Billy’s tree planting stories have also been featured on the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) website..