Student on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course,
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Sayam grew up in the deltaic plains of Bangladesh, where Nature was fast being lost in front of his eyes. He gained a BSc in Environmental Science from North South University in Bangladesh. He has worked in behavioural ecology, research and conservation of globally threatened species in Bangladesh for the last six years, especially on Critically Endangered birds. Working closely with the local community has helped him to gather unique experiences as an advocate of nature, inspiring people and being inspired at the same time. His work with the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been most rewarding, and involved conservation breeding in Russia and mitigating hunting in the wintering grounds in Bangladesh. This research has now blossomed into a full-blown project that BirdLife International declared as Birdlife Species Guardian. His work on riverine birds has led to proposals for two new protected areas in Bangladesh.