Leading for the future.

We want our model to act as a powerful catalyst to empower environmentalists, indigenous communities, women and young people across Africa to serve as leaders in the conservation sector.

Our Advisory Board

Ademola Ajagbe
Regional Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy
John Kasaona
Executive Director, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
Tom Lalampaa
CEO, Northern Rangelands Trust
Dr Nyambe Nyambe
Executive Director, KAZA TFCA Secretariat
Alice Ruhweza
Senior Director, Policy Influence and Engagement, WWF International
Dr Sue Snyman
Research Director, African Leadership University, School of Wildlife Conservation
Goncalo Neves-Correia
Co-founder ThirdWay Partners, Former Executive Director at JP Morgan, London

Conserve fully recognises and embraces the value of diversity in all its facets (thoughts, cultures, genders, attitudes) as the only way we can truly develop fit-for-purpose solutions and unlock the full potential of human capital.

Our Team

We share the conviction that the needs of humanity and of wildlife can be reconciled by establishing conservation as a competitive land use.

Andrew Parker
Co-founder, Director of Strategy
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Andrew Parker
Co-founder, Director of Strategy
25 years working to advance conservation in Africa, motivated by the conviction that enduring conservation REQUIRES local communities to be nature’s ultimate stewards.

Bringing extensive experience in both the private and public protected area management sectors, Andrew has worked as CEO of both Welgevonden and the Sabi Sand Private Nature Reserves in South Africa. He joined African Parks in 2013, firstly as Operations Director, then as Conservation Director driving the growth and development of African Parks across the continent. After five years, he joined Conservation International (CI) as Senior Director of Conservation for Africa; then promoted by CI to Vice President of Strategy and Programs for Africa.

In March 2020 he turned his full attention to leading the development of Conserve, driven by a sense of urgency to address the crisis unfolding around vacant concessions.

Qualifications include an MSc degree in ecology from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). Andrew believes firmly that conservation must be part of Africa’s development agenda and is committed to promoting the value of the continent’s wildlife and wild places as a source of enduring value for her people.

He has recently been awarded a Henry Arnhold Fellowship with Mulago Foundation

Matthew Rice
Co-founder, Director of Operations
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Matthew Rice
Co-founder, Director of Operations
One of Africa’s leading conservation development and management professionals with over 30 years experience across the continent.

Matt began with grassroots community conservation work in Namibia under the tutelage of Garth Owen-Smith, a globally acclaimed pioneer in this field.

This work was critical in establishing one of the most successful conservation programmes in Africa that today represents 86 conservancies covering 166,000 km². He later applied this experience in building Northern Rangelands Trust in northern Kenya. He was involved in the design, creation and executive management of Chuilexi Conservancy within Niassa Reserve in northern Mozambique – Africa’s largest tourism holding under private management; and initiating a new conservation programme for Fauna & Flora International in South Sudan. He has also been involved in diverse conservation contexts and projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Conservation at scale has been one of the hallmarks of Matt’s career.

Dr Harriet Davies-Mostert
Director of Impact
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Dr Harriet Davies-Mostert
Director of Impact

Bridging the domains of science, management, and policy, and promoting practical evidence‐based research as the basis for effective and impactful strategies to conserve Africa’s rich biodiversity.

With an early career focussed on large carnivore conservation, Harriet is passionate about the role of conservation evidence and applied science in driving effective action. She also understands that good decision making is both a science and an art. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Harriet spent the last 23 years at the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa, driving its strategic direction and later building its Conservation Planning and Science Unit. Harriet sits on various national and international advisory and technical committees and is an active member of the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group. She has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters covering topics from large carnivore ecology and conservation, natural resources governance and policy, the wildlife economy, road ecology, and restorative justice.

Qualifications include an MSc in Tropical Resource Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Doctorate on African Wild Dogs from Oxford University’s WildCRU. Harriet is excited by the opportunity to assist Conserve in delivering enormous conservation impact across Africa.

Stuart Slabbert
Director of Innovative Finance
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Stuart Slabbert
Director of Innovative Finance

With a background in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Project Management and Commercial Development, Stuart has spent the past 30 years operating across Africa seeking innovative ways to conserve the biodiversity of Africa he so loves, and to do that in an authentic manner that is in relationship with communities that so depend on the same resource.

Stuart has in depth experience with both socio-economic development projects and large-scale commercial investments that span a range of sectors that include tourism development, community enterprise developments, aquaculture, fisheries, agriculture, large scale apiculture, structuring innovative funding and investment models, and carbon project development. Stuart is driven to find innovative investment and funding solutions towards achieving financial sustainability of protected areas.

Donatella Fregonese
Head of Business Development
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Donatella Fregonese
Head of Business Development

Donatella joined Conserve Global in January 2023 as Head of Business Development. With a background in programme design, overseas project management, grant oversight and team leadership, Donatella focuses on the intersection of programme funding, philanthropy, and sustainable development. She brings to Conserve Global extensive fundraising experience ranging from high-level income generation, strategic planning, transformational partnerships development, and stakeholder engagement.

Donatella holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a postgraduate certificate in climate change management from Birkbeck University. She has over 15 years of experience working in the international development sector for organisations such as the Green Belt Movement, VSO, ActionAid and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women where her work primarily centred on women’s rights and the environment. She is particularly interested in sustainable environmental management and waste reduction as integral parts of biodiversity conservation.

Born in Italy, Donatella now lives in London with her family.

Lotus Khoza,
Project Manager - Futi Corridor, Maputo-Tembe, Mozambique
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Lotus Khoza,
Project Manager - Futi Corridor, Maputo-Tembe, Mozambique

Lotus is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in conservation and eco-tourism. Throughout his career, he has dedicated his efforts to fostering community engagement and conservation authority collaboration. Lotus’s impact has grown exponentially, extending from a single village to over 20 vibrant communities. He has worked closely with renowned landowners in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and influential NGOs, significantly enhancing the conservation landscape. Lotus’s community development methodology has proven its efficacy, standing the test of time. His expertise in forging partnerships between NGOs and lodges has been invaluable. A go-to person for championing conservation, eco-tourism, and community empowerment, Lotus has transformed lodge guests into passionate donors and conservation champions. He has even traveled to the USA multiple times as an honored guest at fundraising events. Lotus’s contributions extend beyond his professional achievements, as he has served as a trustee for several NGOs.

Kathleen Hay
Special Projects Manager
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Kathleen Hay
Special Projects Manager

With a Bachelor’s degree in Nature Conservation, Kathleen has devoted her career to advancing conservation and ecotourism skills. Her 15+ years of expertise encompass managing training programs for African protected area staff in natural resource management and leadership, thereby enhancing their management capabilities.

Kathleen has also collaborated on programs within rural communities, contributing to tourism enterprises and spearheading training initiatives in nature guiding and hospitality.

Her unwavering vision is to bolster capacity and leadership, ultimately championing the sustainable management of Africa’s natural landscapes.

 

 

 

Kalle Silwimba
Operations Manager - Tondwa, Nsumbu-Mweru, Zambia
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Kalle Silwimba
Operations Manager - Tondwa, Nsumbu-Mweru, Zambia

Kalle Silwimba is a project management professional with 8+ years of experience in civil engineering, construction, and humanitarian aid. He has a proven track record of success in leading and delivering complex projects, fostering innovative solutions through community engagement, and overseeing contracts and budgets.

Kalle began his career as an Assistant Site Engineer, where he proficiently managed diverse civil projects, including residential and commercial construction, drainage systems, road development, and quality control.

As Director of Works at a rural district council in Western Zambia, he demonstrated his commitment to fostering innovative infrastructure solutions and ensuring the seamless execution of contracts, while actively involving the community.

Following this pivotal role, Kalle took on the responsibilities of a Shelter/WASH Officer at UNHCR in the Mantapala Refugee Settlement. Over the course of 4 years, he honed his expertise in providing sustainable shelter and clean water access to communities in dire need.

Kalle is unwavering in his passion for sustainable, cost-effective construction and the transformative potential of interlocking brick technology. He is driven to make a lasting impact on communities in need.

Craig Hay
Project Manager - Tondwa, Nsumbu-Mweru, Zambia
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Craig Hay
Project Manager - Tondwa, Nsumbu-Mweru, Zambia

Craig is an experienced wildlife conservation professional who has worked across Southern Africa over the last 25 years. During this time, he has worked in protected area management, conservation training, and projects addressing the illegal wildlife trade. He completed a Master’s degree in Nature Conservation, specializing in buffalo ecology in Kruger National Park. Craig’s experience includes management positions with African Parks in Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia and at Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi which are remarkable examples of the restoration and transformation of these protected areas. More recently, Craig worked with WWF on projects addressing illegal wildlife trafficking in southern Africa, with a specific interest on ranger support and well-being. His passion lies in managing conservation landscapes that provide enduring benefits to the people whose livelihoods and well-being depend on these critical natural resources.

Fanny Paravicini
Project Manager - Faro landscape, Cameroon
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Fanny Paravicini
Project Manager - Faro landscape, Cameroon

With a diverse academic background in anthropology, international human rights law, and conservation, Fanny’s career has taken her across countries and critical issues. She has worked on addressing internal displacement and community resistance during the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, establishing a community department in a Protected Area in Chad, and designing mechanisms for local communities’ Free Prior and Informed Consent for new protected areas in Liberia. Fanny’s passion centers on navigating complex landscapes and diverse stakeholders to achieve conservation while upholding human rights. Currently her focus is on the dynamic yet fragile Faro landscape in Northern Cameroon. As she sets up Conserve’s operations in Cameroon, the long-term vision is to restore the Faro ecosystem, facilitating communities to thrive on its unique economic and natural values.

Simon Naylor
Operations Manager
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Simon Naylor
Operations Manager

Meet Simon, a seasoned wildlife conservation professional with a remarkable 30-year career in tourism. Starting as a guide for andBeyond at Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Simon quickly expanded his expertise across East Africa, setting up and managing their guide training school in the Serengeti. From there, he ventured to Botswana as Operations Manager for andBeyond’s luxury mobile camping safari operation.

In 2004, Simon returned to Phinda Private Game Reserve as Conservation Manager, overseeing all aspects of wildlife and reserve management, community relations, and groundbreaking translocation projects. His achievements include relocating white rhinos to Botswana, Rwanda, and Garamba National Park, as well as reintroducing lions to Rwanda and pangolins to Zululand.

Simon’s commitment to conservation extends beyond his work. He is an active member of numerous conservation NGOs and wildlife interest groups. With extensive travel experience across Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America, Simon provides valuable input and consultancy for diverse conservation projects.

Our partner network
Conserve works with strategic partners to develop best-in-class scientific tools and business information systems that optimise efficiencies and inform sound management decision-making.