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 spends most of his time in southern Africa with his game scouts, collaborating with other entities, and assisting other teams in need.
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.
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.
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.
A former Rhodesia SAS captain, Darrell is known by some to be one of the best bush soldiers and tracking experts of his time. For the past 20 years, Darrell has been managing and bringing back conservancies to life that have been decimated by poaching while simultaneously empowering local communities. Darrell is a headman to the local chief and is incredibly respected by the Kaindu community. He is the sole reason SFW is in the position it is in today, with a great relationship with the community and both parties very excited to keep moving forward. Darrell is on the board of SFW Zambia and spends his time managing these properties under the SFW umbrella, advising the team due to his level of expertise in anti-poaching and bush-craft while maintaining our close relationship with the Kaindu chiefdom.
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.
A US Marine Corps Veteran, as far back as Brendan can remember he has always been passionate about wildlife. Shortly after his enlistment in the Marines, he was informed on the matter of the illegal wildlife trade and severe damage it was doing to Africa’s wildlife populations. For years he had been searching for the right organization to get involved with and found SFW. Brendan has been volunteering much of his time both in the U.S. and on the ground in Africa assisting and leading training exercises with SFW’s rangers and in everyday operations.
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.
WAYS YOU CAN DONATE
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