DIRECTORS

CHRIS GORDON

Managing Director

Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon has worked in conservation in both Africa and Asia over the last 15 years. He has experience of managing successful conservation projects in Africa, including five years as the Kenya Country Director for the Zoological Society of London. Chris understands the practicalities required for conservation success on the ground, and the importance of stakeholder engagement and relationships for achieving this, often set against difficult political contexts. His competencies include Project management; Protected Area management; Species conservation; Law enforcement; Human-wildlife conflict; Disease management; Project Development; and Fund-raising. Beyond this, Chris has a passion for project development, and highlights the importance of innovative and lateral thinking for creating new solutions to some of conservation’s biggest problems.

CHRIS BARICHIEVY, PhD

Technical Director

Chris Barichievy
Chris Barichievy

Chris Barichievy has provided scientific advice to conservation management agencies in countries across Africa and the Middle East over the past decade. Chris is a dedicated conservation scientist who has worked for state and the NGO sector. Chris has worked internationally, providing research support and management advice to address real conservation problems. Chris’s competencies include the development of conservation management strategies, the design and development of novel strategies and methods to measure impact, the design and analysis of biological and law enforcement monitoring strategies, and investigations of effectiveness. Chris brings technical expertise and his primary role in Conservation Alpha is ensuring that the outcomes frameworks, monitoring and evaluation systems are rigorous, auditable and verifiable to ensure confidence in the outcomes.

SENIOR CONSULTANTS

ROB BRETT, PhD

Rob Brett
Rob Brett

Dr Rob Brett is a large mammal ecologist and conservation manager, and has been specialist on the conservation of African rhinos for over 30 years, and a senior member of IUCN’s African Rhino Specialist Group since 1993. He was Regional Director for FFI’s Africa & Madagascar Programme from 2006-2014, and is now a Senior Technical Specialist within FFI’s Africa team, with a focus on technical support to priority flagship species conservation programmes. Rob has served on the senior staff of two government wildlife authorities in Africa, as national Rhino Coordinator in the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS: 1989-95) where he was responsible for the development and stocking of several of Kenya’s successful rhino sanctuaries, and as Senior Wildlife Biologist in the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP: 2000-01). Rob has also lived and worked in Namibia and Zimbabwe managing local and regional rhino conservation programmes. Before joining FFI in June 2004, Rob coordinated the Regional Programme for Rhino Conservation in ten southern African countries under the umbrella of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

DAVE BALFOUR, PhD

Dave Balfour
Dave Balfour

Dave Balfour has over 25 years of conservation experience in Southern Africa, much of it working at management and executive level in South African governmental conservation agencies. His early career focussed on providing field-based conservation advice as park ecologist in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and progressing to managing regional teams of conservation ecologists conducting research and monitoring and providing ecological advice and planning support to six protected area managers in north eastern KwaZulu-Natal. This was followed by a spell managing the establishment of the first field node of the newly created South African Earth Observation Network, before taking up a post of Head of Scientific Services at the Eastern Cape Parks Board. This was followed by a five year period working at executive management level variously responsible for the management of 16 protected areas at the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency as well as for biodiversity strategy, policy, planning and protected area expansion. For the past four years he has worked as a freelance consultant, working for various state departments, private land managers and NGOs in the conservation field.