Alexa is the founder of Kedge, and a doctoral candidate in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she works with Professor Stuart Pimm to find evidence for effective conservation measures in East Africa. She has worked in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana and has years of experience in national science policy. 


Scientific Publications


Sutton, A.E. 2015. Leadership and management influences the outcome of wildlife reintroduction programs: findings from the Sea Eagle Recovery Project.PeerJ 3:e1012


Sutton, A.E., Yankson, K., and Wubah, D. A. 2012. The Effect of Salinity on Particle Filtration Rates of the West African Mangrove Oyster, Crassostrea tulipa. Journal of Young Investigators 24: 55 – 59.


Sutton, A.E., Dohn, J., Loyd, K., Treddenick, A., Bucini, G., Solorzano, A., Pridhodko, L., and N. P. Hanan. 2010. Response to Burke et al.: Does Warming Increase the Risk of Civil War in Africa? PNAS published ahead of print June 10, 2010. doi:10.1073/pnas.1005278107


Kedge is a collective of scientists, managers, and business folks who share a love of education, a respect for the wild environment, and a passion for equality.


These shared core values led us to create Kedge -- a social enterprise dedicated to economic empowerment of high-potential communities in the most ecologically diverse areas of Africa.


See, more often than not, the economic benefits of conserving wilderness aren't accessible to local communities. Part of the problem is the lack of entrepreneurship capacity; without understanding the fundamentals of finance and business ownership, local communities struggle to advocate for their own economic equity.


Kedge is working to change that. We run 6-week on the ground training experiences that take place in high-potential rural communities of East and Southern Africa. Consider us a mobile business incubator: we work with communities in the most biologically rich areas of Africa to teach business skills and raise conservation literacy, growing a healthy economy while solving conservation challenges.


We're educators, researchers, community investors, and advocates; we're a platform for rural innovation and a bridge between companies and the communities in which they work. We bring opportunity, push for equity, and break down barriers to accessibility.


Just like our motto says: We give capacity, not charity.

Alexandra E. Sutton

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Joseph Lemeris
Chief Operating Officer

Joe is the Chief Operating Officer of Kedge, and a graduate of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where he has worked extensively on biodiversity and forest conservation management throughout Africa. 


Scientific Publications


Weise, F. J., Lemeris Jr., J., Stratford, K. J., van Vuuren, R. J., Munro, S. J., Marker, L. L., and Stein, A. B. 2015. A home away from home: insights from successful leopard (Panthera pardus) translocations. Biodivers Conserv. DOI 10.1007/s10531-015-0895-7


Weise FJ, Lemeris JR Jr, Munro SJ, Bowden A, Venter C, van Vuuren M, van Vuuren RJ. (2015) Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) running the gauntlet: an evaluation of translocations into free-range environments in Namibia. PeerJ 3:e1346


Weise, F. J., Wiesel, I., Lemeris Jr, J., & Van Vuuren, R. J. (2015). Evaluation of a conflict-related brown hyaena translocation in central Namibia. African Journal of Wildlife Research: A Special Issue dedicated to carnivores, 45(2), 178-186.

Courtney Skuce

Director of Planning & Curriculum

Courtney is the Director of Planning & Curriculum at Kedge. She brings 5+ years of experience in workshop planning, an education in biology and ecology, and an interest in conservation education to the group.

Kelly Garvy

Director of Partnerships

Kelly is the Director of Partnerships at Kedge. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she studied environmental economics and policy to preserve biodiversity. She has worked in Zambia studying cichlid behavior in Lake Tanganyika and in South Africa studying primate conservation.


Scientific Publication

Garvy, K. A., Hellmann, J. K., Ligocki, I. Y., Reddon, A. R., Marsh-Rollo, S. E.,

Hamilton, I. M, Balshine, S., O’Connor, C. M. (2014). Sex and social status affect

territorial defence in a cooperatively breeding cichlid fish, Neolamprologus savoryi.Hydrobiologia, 1-11

Emily Lapayowker
Director of Communications & Coordination

Emily is our Director of Communications & Planning. A graduate of Hartwick College, she is thrilled to be working with Kedge, combining her passion for conservation and international development.

What Kedge Is

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