Jess de Boer was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya to a privileged Dutch family in the region. From a young age, inspired by her surroundings, Jess had a strong desire to bring about appositive change in the world. On graduating from University, Jess worked in a variety of industries, from private chefing in the Swiss Alps to maggot farming in Thailand, travelling the world and documenting her many attempts to make a positive change.
In 2014 Jess won The Africa Book Club Short Reads competition with her story The Honey Man. She now works 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.