She is a young bee-keeper whose story The Honey Man won her The Africa Book Club Short Reads competition in 2014. That same year, she represented Kenya in the Women’s Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jess was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya to a privileged Dutch family in the region. She is a CSR consultant and co-founder of Barefoot Solutions Kenya. And an advocate of sustainable, ethical practices in agriculture and food production. Jess continues to work as a beekeeper in Kenya and is still on a mission to one day save the world. The Elephant and the Bee is her first book.