Mr Peter Fearnhead | Chief Executive Officer
Peter Fearnhead was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, and graduated with a BSc in Agric Economics from the University of Natal and an MSc in Agric and Resource Economics from Oxford University. He was a management consultant with Deloitte, before joining South African National Parks, where he held a number of positions including Resource Economist, Advisor to the CEO, and Head of Commercial Development. Peter was also one of the Founders of African Parks. He was appointed as the CEO in February 2007.
Mr Jean Marc Froment | Conservation Director
Jean Marc graduated at the University of Liege (Belgium) where he got his MSc in biology and specialization in ecology and wildlife management. He has since devoted his life to wildlife conservation in Africa with a special interest in big, remote and sparsely populated ecosystems. He began his career in 1981 working for FAO and then for EC on the management of the protected areas of North Central African Republic. He then moved as an independent expert for FZS in Garamba National Park (DRC) and thereafter to Agrer Consulting as a manager in protected areas and national parks in Dja in Cameroon and Odzala-Kokoua in Congo. He was responsible for the extension of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. He joined African Parks in 2005.
Mr Reinher Behrens | Executive Director
Reinher is an accomplished Executive with 25 years’ experience in the communications industry having led some of the most successful agencies in South Africa during this time, often with a turnaround mandate in hand. He began in brand management in 1982 and joined Hunt Lascaris TBWA in 1985. During the next 16 years he held various positions, including MD and Chairman of the Johannesburg office, MD of the Cape Town office and Board Director of the Holding Company. Subsequently , he held the positions of CEO at Lobedu Leo Burnett SA and their African Network followed by Group CEO at McCann Worldgroup SA. He served on the Board of the Association of Advertising Agencies for 14 years, chairing the body for 2 years. He is a well-rounded, commercially astute, level-headed and pragmatic leader, who is a strong relationship builder and manager. He has a global mind-set and is accustomed to managing a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
Mrs Ayesha Jackaria | Chief Financial Controller
Ayesha was born in Mauritius where she completed her Cambridge A-levels. She then moved to South Africa in 2002 where she studied Business Science Finance Honours with a major in Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She then did a post graduate in Accounting in 2006 also at UCT. She moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she worked at Deloitte and Touche until 2011. She completed her chartered accountancy at the end of 2009 and worked as a manager in the Special Services Group at Deloitte during 2010 and 2011. Ayesha joined African Parks Network in September 2011.
Mr Andrew Parker | Operations Director
Appointed to the position of Operations Director at African Parks head office in November 2013, Andrew Parker is responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and implementation of policies and practices at four protected areas in the portfolio. They are Liuwa Plain National Park and Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia, Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi and Akagera National Park in Rwanda. He has 17 years’ experience in conservation management and operations and was previously the Chief Executive of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa’s premier private game reserve, where financial management and security programmes and initiatives to combat rhino poaching were included in his long list of responsibilities.
Mr Leon Lamprecht | Operations Director
Appointed to the position of Park Manager at Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo in 2011, Leon Lamprecht is responsible for the management of men, equipment, funding and the implementation of conservation plans for the park, under the auspices of the Odzala-Kokoua Foundation and its Board. His passion for conservation and wildlife can be traced to his youth and the advantages of growing up in South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park. His experience as a platoon commander in the South African Infantry Battalion in the 1980s has provided him with the skills and competencies for the anti-poaching initiatives that have led to the reduction of illegal hunting and poaching in the regions in which he has worked. Lamprecht is to assume a new position as Joint Operations Director with responsibility for African Parks’ protected wildlife reserves in the Republic of Congo, DRC and Chad from January 2014.
Mr Thomas Orr | Commercial Manager
Thomas was born in South Africa but his family then moved to a farm in Zambia. He completed a BA Law and Economics Honours degree at Stellenbosch University. He then spent 3 years in Beijing, China as a consultant to business and governments, while also completing a postgraduate Finance degree at Peking University and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He spent a further 2 years in Beijing establishing Standard Bank’s China operation, before returning to South Africa to work in the bank’s Energy/Infrastructure and Private Equity teams. Thomas joined African Parks in 2013.
Mrs Sophie Vossenaar | Director Philanthropy in Europe
Sophie joined African Parks as Director of Fundraising in Europe, in March 2013 after a 20+ years career in international marketing in the airline industry (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines), microfinance (Goodwell) and various philanthropy related organisations. Over the past three years she has focused on the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes as a marketing consultant with Himmelblau. Sophie graduated from the School for Hotel Management in The Hague and has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. Sophie is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Ms Nicole Mollo | Executive director in the USA
Nicole joined African Parks in the role of Philanthropy and Operations Director in the USA in 2012. With extensive international experience and a personal commitment to protect wildlife and habitat, African Parks was a natural fit. Most recently, Nicole held a director's position in fundraising with the Wildlife Conservation Society where she fostered a passion for African conservation. Nicole has also held fundraising and program development positions with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and leading New York City early education nonprofits. She holds a M.S. and M.A. in Biochemistry and Russian Language from Moscow State University and earned a Master's degree in Social Work and Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Nicole resides in New York City.