Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE
One of the world most renowned explorers, he founded Operations Drake and Raleigh, the round the world expeditions for young people. He has travelled to many of the most inhospitable places, and supported many conservation causes across the globe through his Chair of the Scientific Exploration Society, most recently in the Nepalese jungles.
Colin Bell – Founder Wilderness Safaris and Africa’s Finest
As South African founder of multi-award winning Wilderness Safaris, Africa’s most successful and innovative safari operators, he pioneered many of the ‘win-win’ partnerships that today form the backbone of wildlife conservation and community integration across Southern Africa, along with what he now terms ‘The Green Safari model’. He is co-founder of Great Plains Conservation, and recently published a book, with many of his fabulous photographs called - Africa’s Finest.
Julian Matthews - Founder TOFTigers
Brought up in the wilds of Zimbabwe, and founder of an award winning nature tour operator, Discovery Initiatives, now part of Steppes Travel, in 2005 he set up the TOFTigers charity as a collective travel industry campaign to effect better tourism for nature conservation in India. A passionate conservationist, in 2010 he tried to set up the first community based tiger reserve in central India and remains driven through TOFTigers to see well run, sustainable tourism playing a vital role protecting tigers, wildlife and their forests.
Jeffery Parrish, PhD – Managing Director WWF-US
An ecologist by training, Jeff has travelled across the globe from Namibia to the Eastern Himalayas as a conservationist. Today as Managing Director WWF-US, he leads innovative strategies that can accelerate WWF’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. He has pioneered WWF’s Conservation Travel initiative to use travel to incentivise the direct protection of wildlife and wildlands.