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By  ABehl     March 15, 2019  
Hello there and thank you for making your way to my blog and my about me page. 

My name is Abhishek Behl also known to many as Abhs. I have a background in wildlife conservation with a masters (MSc) in wildlife conservation & nature based tourism from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom). 
Along with the lovely world of wildlife conservation, I also live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) & this neurological condition is the relapsing and remitting form. Even just thinking about it now and counting, I have had MS for the last 18 years. WOW - That's a very long time and I should be very thankful with what and still am able to do with my career (details on this page). MS affects every people differently and mine is more living with the fatigue everyday but am able to move about and get to places without requiring assistance. I am thankful for that everyday.  


It has been a long wait to start this blog and finally I have got around it.  Most of all my updates & happening in my life will be shared on this blog. Do leave a comment below as it is always nice to hear from you.

Many thanks 
Abhishek (Abhs) 



Credentials



Abhishek receiving the 2007 ABN-AMRO Sanctuary Wildlife Awards in Mumbai India. 


Work Experience: 

  • Mar 2019 - Present: Zoological Project Lead (India) at ZooCraft (Zoo Management, Planning & Conservation).
  • Nov 2018 - Present: Business Development Executive at Indus Experiences (Scotland & Northern Ireland). 
  • Feb 2018 - Present: Host / Concierge Desk at Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Edinburgh (Scotland) (Part-Time)
  • June 2018 - Present: Personal Carer for my disabled daughter (Full-Time).   
  • May 2015 - Sept 2017: Overseas Wildlife Travel Consultant - Pugdundee Safaris (India and Nepal) - work focused in the UK with over 100+ Wildlife Tour Operators 
  • Sept 2014 - Mar 2015: Associate Trainer at Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) Edinburgh (Scotland).
  • Traveling with MS – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Campaign site (Founder / Owner) (June 2014 – present)    
  • Wee Digital – Social Media Consultant (Aug 2014 – present)
  • SpinTopMEDIA Ltd (Edinburgh). Social Media Consultant (Aug 2014)
  • Dec 2010 - Mar 2015: Director Wild Navigator (UK)  - A Social Media platform  
  • Mar 2010 - Jul 2010: Grant Research Consultant for Friends of Seva Mandir (UK)
  • Jan 2010 - Nov 2010: Director Conservation Footprints 
  • May 2007 - Dec 2009: Executive Director - Travel Operators for Tigers India Wildlife Association (India). 
  • May 2004 - May 2007: Program Manager - TOFT India and Consultant at Global Tiger Patrol (UK).
  • Kids for Tigers India Programme – Role: Nature Education Co-ordinator New Delhi Schools (India) Worked (2002)
  • Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF / Government of India) – Role as Engaged in Campaign (Wildlife & Tourism)

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Volunteering:  

  • July 2018 - Present: Committee Member with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) Family Support Group. Looking after their social media and their website. 
  • June 2018 - Present: Family Committee Member - Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC Edinburgh) Scotland
  • October 2017 - Present: Committee Member and Social Media In-charge for the Tourism Society Scotland - Scottish chapter for the Tourism Society.
  • Organised the 9th Edinburgh Travel Tweet Up #EdinTravTweetUp & hosts being The Scotch Whisky Experience – 10th Dec 2014
  • Grapevine / LCiL (Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living) Rights and Choice of Disable People – Norton Park in Edinburgh. Role as Volunteer (Oct 2013 – March 2016)
  • Sept 2013 - Sept 2018: Co-Host at Travel Talk on Twitter or #TTOT where every Tuesday 9:30am & 9:30pm GMT 5 questions are discussed in a travel themed topic. Impressions created have been always in the millions.
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust – Role Volunteering (2005)
  • RSPB Scotland Volunteer (2011). 
  • Board Member with Government of India (Ministry of Tourism) - Protected Area Management and Tourism (2008-2009)

    Educational / Professional Qualifications: 

    • MSc Wildlife Conservation & Tourism (Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology DICE - University of Kent, Canterbury. United Kingdom) (2004)
    • Bachelors in Tourism Studies (New Delhi - India)
    • Bishop Cotton School (Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India)
    • British Red Cross First Aid Course (Feb 2019)


    Awards, Invitations & Presentations:

    • Speaker at the RSPB Scottish Birdfair on India's 'Magnificent Seven' for Wildlife Tourism (May 2015).
    • Speaker at the 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism at the Manchester Metropolitan University (April – 2014) Theme focused on Wildlife & Heritage 
    • Social Media Campaigning at Blogmanay (Hogmanay 2013) – Sponsors (Edinburgh Festivals, Skyscanners, Haggis Adventures, ETAG, Event Scotland & Visit Scotland)
    • December 2012: World Travel Market Excel London - Presentation speaker on Wildlife Tourism. 
    • December 2012: Wild Scotland Annual Industry Conference (Perth, Scotland) Speaker / Presentation on Wilderness, Tigers & Tourism: Wilderness Travel in India. 
    • October 2008: Inaugurated the Amur Tiger Enclosure at Highland Wildlife Park (Aviemore Scotland) - Invited by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
    • October 2008: Speaker and part organiser of the Second Royal Bengal Tiger Consultation at New Delhi (India) 
    • International Centre for Responsible Tourism. Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) – Role as a consultancy with  their Responsible Tourism MSc students (2008)
    • Speaker at the 2008 CMS Vatavaran Conference (New Delhi, India).
    • Recipient of the 2007 ABN-AMRO Sanctuary Wildlife Awards for category 'Wind under the Wings' for my work with TOFT India in 7 Tiger Reserves 
    • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS India) – Role with my MSc Small Grant Scheme Sponsored (2003)


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    Research / Journals & Media:



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    Interviews / Google Hangouts: 

    At the Fife Tourism Partnership (Scotland) talking about my role with tourism business in Scotland and the work carried out with Social Media & the #Blogmanay Tourism Campaign (Video below):
    Travel Coffee Break – about Responsible Tourism and the focus of setting up a responsible travel operations/business with my experience of travel / wilderness certification. This Google Hangout was hosted by Alastair McKenzie (TravelCoffeeBreak.com & Travel-List.co.uk) accompanied by Martin Hatchuel (ThisTourismWeek.co.za) and Ron Mader (Planeta.com) – (Video below):
    Storytelling on the Social Web (Jan – 2013) – A google hangout (Video below):
    Responsible Tourism Hangouts – 1st World Wildlife Day (3rd March 2014. A Google Hangout with Planeta.com host Ron Mader, Nutti Sámi Siida and sustainable tourism consultant Andy Drumm (Video below):
    Are we satisfied with media coverage of indigenous tourism? Ethan Gelber and Ron Mader hosted this conversation about the ways media coverage of indigenous tourism can be improved. Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014 (Video Below): 

    For google hangouts my id to connect is abehl.k (at) gmail.com

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