Save the Elephants is proud of the wide diversity of talents that have come together to fight for a future for elephants under our banner. From the founding of the organisation more than twenty years ago it has always combined world-leading scientific minds with the unrivalled experience and deep, intuitive knowledge of African cultures that have long co-existed with elephants. STE’s founder, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, conducted the first behavioural studies of wild African elephants. Since setting up a long term study of the elephants of Samburu in northern Kenya, he has nurtured a new generation of researchers and conservationists from the local area and around the world, all of whom share the same passion and commitment to making sure that elephants continue to grace African landscapes.
PROF. FRITZ VOLLRATH
Prof. Fritz Vollrath, the Chairman of Save the Elephants, studied in Germany and obtained his PhD (with a thesis on spider behaviour) in 1977 from Freiburg University. He completed research fellowships and fieldwork with the Max Plank Institute in Seewiesen and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. After 9 years in Oxford as Royal Society Post-doctorate Research Fellow and University Research Associate, 5 years in Switzerland (Basel) as Associate Professor and 8 years in Denmark (Aarhus) as Professor of Zoology, he is now back at the University of Oxford as Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Zoology and Senior Research Associate of Balliol College. Prof Vollrath’s research focuses on the evolution of spider web-building behaviour and on the extraordinary properties of the silk used to build the webs. His studies on the spider’s movements during web construction have led to analysis tools and novel insights into animal decision making. STE employs these findings at the other end of the scale of animal sizes while investigating elephant movements and decisions. Prof Vollrath has been an STE Trustee since the year 2002. In 2003 he became the new STE Chairman when Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton became President and CEO of the organisation. Together they published the first paper in 2002 on the use of African honeybees to prevent elephants from foraging on acacia trees. Prof. Fritz Vollrath, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. Office: +44-1865-271234, Fax: +44-1865-358221
Marlene McCay joined the Board of Trustees in the year 2001 and has continued to be one of Save the Elephants major supporters. In June 2003, Marlene McCay began a project in collaboration with STE and Kruger National Park to examine the population dynamics and movement of elephants within the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) and the adjacent Kruger National Park (KNP). Together with STE and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Marlene has pioneered the Green Hunting of elephants as a complete alternative to lethal hunting.
Pete Henderson joined the Board of Trustees in 2004. He is the CEO of Indigo Telecom Ltd, a company providing satellite solutions for voice and Internet connectivity and is also an independent investor in telecommunication companies worldwide. Pete has worked in numerous African countries and Iraq. Indigo Telecom Ltd – (IT) +254 20 3876805/6/7/8 Office, +254 733 596506 Mobile, +88216 4333 9090 Thuraya email@example.com, http://www.indigotelecom.com
Ambrose Carey has joined STE’s Board of Trustees. Ambrose first came to Africa at the age of 19 when he joined Iain Douglas-Hamilton in a campaign to save Uganda’s hard pressed elephants, at a time when the country was in the midst of a civil war. Ambrose has remained passionate about wildlife and, 32 years on. Ambrose Carey co-founded Alaco, a highly successful business intelligence firm in London. His clients include banks, corporations, law firms and private investors, with whom he works on a full range of issues, from due diligence to fraud investigations. Over the course of a 25-year career in business intelligence, he has been involved in some of the most high profile asset tracing cases of the past few decades. He has particular experience in the Middle East, travelling frequently to the Gulf and Saudi Arabia. He also works closely with a number of private banks in Switzerland. Ambrose began his career in Saudi Arabia, before entering the business intelligence industry in 1987. He set up his first company with Amy Lashinsky in 1995, which led to Alaco’s formation in 2002. He has a degree from the University of East Anglia. He will bring extra commitment to Save the Elephants and a unique set of skills. For more information visit: http://www.alaco.com/
Miles Geldard is the newest member to join our Board of Trustees – in 2017. Miles is an investment manager. In 2010 he joined Jupiter Asset Management in London, where he was Head of Strategy Fixed Interest and Multi-Asset. He built and managed a range of funds. Before joining Jupiter, Miles was the founder and head of the Multi-Asset and Convertibles team at RWC Partners. Between 1997 and 2006 he was at JP Morgan Asset Management; where he was Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Global Multi-Asset Group and Global Strategy team in London, and previously a fund manager in Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1997 he was an Adviser at the Central Bank of Botswana in Gaborone. During the early part of his career he managed derivative teams in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Miles gained a degree in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the investment committee of the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the investment advisory committee of Cerno Capital.He is currently a Senior Adviser to Jupiter Asset Management in London and is moving to Kenya with his family.
We are very much looking forward to Miles’s energy and experience on our Board, as well as his skills as a pilot!