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The Leadership Program

Erasmus zu Ermgassen




I grew up in a Danish/German household in London, before beginning my veterinary studies at the University of Cambridge (Selwyn College). For my intercalated year I transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing a broad range of studies spanning the social sciences, evolutionary and conservation biology, and business. I’m currently in my fourth year at Cambridge.


When my dodgy knee permits, I love to play soccer and waterpolo. I picked up the basics of ice hockey when living in Boston, and would happily grab my stick again if I lived anywhere near an ice rink. I also have an interest in tropical ecology, having qualified as a safari guide in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, and trained with the Tropical Biology Association in Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda.

Career Goal:

I hope to apply my veterinary qualification to conservation biology. I think it would be a lot of fun to work at the intersection of agricultural policy and biodiversity conservation – working towards making agricultural practices more “sustainable”.