Based in London, with operating hubs in Paris and Nairobi, Conservation Capital draws together an experienced mix of professional skillsets not usually associated with nature conservation.
Giles founded Conservation Capital in 2004 and now leads our work designing and developing specialist conservation enterprise impact investment entities with and on behalf of our core clients and partners. He was raised in Kenya and following a first class degree in Modern History from Kings College London qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before joining the firm’s management consultancy in New York. He has been involved with several private equity ventures and has extensive experience as a non-executive Director of both private and public companies both within and outside the conservation sector. He has led well over 100 conservation enterprise related transactions in more than 20 countries.
Neil qualified as a commercial lawyer in Scotland before working on European law and environmental policy within various EU institutions. He then co-founded the multi-award winning nature and adventure travel company Wilderness Scotland and has served as a non-executive Director of several conservation organisations in Europe and Africa. In addition to his role as CEO his primary focuses within Conservation Capital’s technical advisory services division include commercial and legal structuring for protected areas, and all aspects of conservation tourism planning and development.
Matt Rice is one of Africa’s leading conservation managers. Over 25 years he played an integral part in the establishment of Africa’s two most successful community-based conservation programmes – Namibia’s community conservancies and northern Kenya’s Northern Rangelands Trust. He also managed a large portfolio of projects for Fauna & Flora International. With Conservation Capital, he led the creation of the Chuilexi Conservancy in northern Mozambique - at 1.6 million acres, Africa’s largest private sector managed, non-consumptive conservancy.
Matt joined Conservation Capital from Credit Suisse Private Bank in London where he worked within the private client group. He has lead a wide range of advisory assignments for Conservation Capital in Africa and Europe and currently leads our partnership with Rewilding Europe and Rewilding Europe Capital. He was born and raised in South Africa before moving to the UK where he received a MA in Geography at Edinburgh University.
Tania focuses on the design and development of conservation enterprise financing mechanisms. Before joining Conservation Capital, she spent 8 years at a leading UK asset management firm, managing diversified multi-asset portfolios for charities, private clients, trusts and pension fund portfolios and overseeing all aspects of client relationships. Tania graduated from Edinburgh University with a MA Honours degree in Classics & Spanish. She holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Francois has over six years’ experience in asset management, primarily at Africa’s largest privately held investment management company, Allan Gray. He has also worked with a Dutch impact development company and as a sustainability analyst at a Paris-based responsible investment research firm. Francois graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa with a degree in Financial Planning and post-graduate diplomas in Financial Planning and Sustainable Development. In 2016 he attained his MSc in Sustainable Development from the prestigious HEC business school in Paris, France. Francois is based in Cape Town.
Boaz is a tourism specialist with a decade of experience in designing and implementing integrated ecotourism and conservation development projects. He has worked across East and Central Africa, linking communities, private sector operators, local and international development agencies, financiers and governments. Born and raised in Uganda, he served as the general manager of a leading UK-based international nature tourism operator for many years and recently managed a nature tourism financing and development initiative in Rwanda on behalf of the US government. He holds a Bachelors degree in Tourism from Makerere University.
Barbara specializes in conservation tourism development and joined Conservation Capital having lead the tourism component of a major European conservation initiative, working across 11 national parks and engaging over 90 local and international tourism businesses. She has subsequently supported a variety of our client and partner assignments in Europe and Africa, with a particular emphasis on tourism industry market analysis. Barbara is based in Budapest, Hungary, where she gained a degree in tourism, economics and nature protection from the Budapest Business School
James is the founder and managing partner of JAG Shaw Baker, an international commercial law firm based in London. He is also a Director of Conservation Capital with whom he is working closely to develop a specialist conservation legal advisory service. James focuses on venture capital investments, public and private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory work and has extensive experience advising investors and investee companies on investments, acquisitions and exits. James has an undergraduate degree in Marine & Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews and maintains an active interest in science and the environment both professionally (advising on clean-tech or life science matters) and in his spare time.
Lucas is based in Washington, D.C. and is an active conservation entrepreneur, having co-founded Limalimo Lodge, one of the first ecotourism accommodations in Ethiopia’s national parks system, and playing a key role within Power Ventures Africa which offers clean energy solutions to the agribusiness sector. Lucas also brings over a decade of experience in the field of international development, having worked for the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and CARE International. He was born in Canada and holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Toronto) and an MA in Media and Public Affairs (George Washington University).
Conservation Capital’s team works with a diverse range of other conservation and enterprise development professionals in order to share knowledge, build effective partnerships and deliver collective impact on the ground.
Conservation Capital principals have led the development and financing of more than 75 conservation enterprise initiatives in 25 countries. Read more...
We are a small company, but together with our clients and partners are able to generate significant positive impact on the ground. Read more…
We support a diverse spectrum of public sector, private sector, non-governmental and community based clients and partners. Read more...
Conservation enterprise is becoming a necessary front line discipline for any modern conservation development initiative. Read more...