MEET OUR TEAM
CEO & FOUNDER
A Navy veteran, John founded SFW in July 2017 in order to take action to combat what he sees as the biggest crisis of our generation: the extremely accelerated rate of extinction.
John lives in South Africa and spends his time training Game Ranger units in need, providing necessary
gear and equipment to these same units, assisting in field conservation missions, and collaborating with
other NGOs and nonprofits in the region.
Michael chose to leave a a successful career in corporate tech sales after years in the industry, in order to leverage his skills for a cause he believes in.
Bringing significant experience in client-facing sales, onsite management, marketing, and team leadership to the table, Michael is responsible for recruiting and retaining strategic partnerships at SFW. His passion is to help effectively protect these great animals while educating others on the priority of conserving them.
Founder & Instructor of
The Dung Beetle Bush School
Les is the founder of the Dung Beetle Bush School and has over 40 years of knowledge & experience in over a dozen African countries. In both conservation and as a South African Special Forces Operator. He is a member of The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and is Level 3 Qualified. Les travels the globe for speaking on conservation and the environment. Media appearances include UK television’s ‘Wish you were here” and newspapers and magazines including Sunday Express, Scottish Sunday Express, Wanderlust, Red, Survival Africa and National Geographic. Les is an extremely passionate conservationist who is directly focused on the protection of Africa's wildlife and education.
Michael has never met an animal he did not immediately connect with,which led him into the conservation movement. An accomplished business development specialist with a history in marketing and data analytics, Michael is responsible for data & campaign management at SFW.
His deep passion and concern for animals serve as his daily motivation for achieving SFW's organizations goals.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
An accomplished marketing professional, Sara has devoted her passion and drive to creating a world where humans and animals can co-exist in mutual respect and harmony. Since SFW's founding in July 2017, Sara has worked to share its critical message with audiences in the conservation community. Her goal is to educate others about the realities of poaching in Africa, and empower people to take action in order to truly make a difference.
Jenik is Adjunct Professor of the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the area of sustainable natural resource development. Among his many accomplishments, Jenik is the recipient of SIPA’s “Top Five” teaching award and was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2012) at the Law School of Makerere University, Uganda, in the extraction industry and serves as a member of the Board of Advisers of Stevens Business School.
Christian has been photographing for the past 10 + years professionally. He has done work in various
fields from high fashion to travel and exploration. Graduating with a BFA in photography from SUNY
Purchase, his focus has always been documenting international issues in disadvantaged areas.
Christian has always had a passion for genuine causes that make a positive difference in the world and
always has been an avid outdoorsman which led him to pack up his things and join the efforts of SFW.
His goal now is to bring the SFW story to viewers around the globe.
WAYS YOU CAN DONATE
Support a Ranger
Your monthly gift will go directly to support and equip a local ranger on the ground in South Africa.
Choose your amount and 100% of your gift will go directly to safeguarding endangered species.
We are raising funds to reach more ranger units in need of medical training, snare sweep missions, wildlife rescues and community based projects.