Dr. Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni completed an Advanced Major in Biology at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She returned home to southern Africa to follow her interest in Conservation Ecology. Nkabeng holds an Honors and Masters in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria. In 2015 she obtained a DTech in Nature Conservation from Tshwane University of Technology. Her dissertation topic, bovine tuberculosis in African lions, addressed ecological knowledge gaps while stimulating new research. Nkabeng 's lecturing experience includes Game Ranch Management, Nature Conservation and Eco-tourism. In her current position as a Research and Training Manager, Nkabeng has spread her focus to cover a wider ecological range. As a Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador for Lesotho, Nkabeng supports and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in African youth on the premise of the NEF initiative of social development through science.