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Chris Gordon

Managing Director

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.

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Chris Barichievy, PhD

Director of Conservation Science

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.

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Robin Maritz, PhD

Lead – Conservation Science

Robin joined Conservation Alpha in early 2022, providing technical support and project management across our portfolio of work. Robin has a strong scientific background in biology, ecology and genetics, having attained her PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University before moving to South Africa in 2016.

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David Marneweck, PhD

Lead – Conservation Strategy and Management

David has worked in both the academic and NGO sector of conservation since 2011. His work has primarily focused on the research, management and conservation of large carnivores in southern Africa where he combined high quality research into improving the

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Miriam Mwangi


Miriam is a financial accountant who has worked in the NGO sector for the last eight years. She holds an MBA in Finance from University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce-Finance. Miriam specialises in assisting firms in financial reporting, general accounting, auditing, and adherence to statutory requirements.

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Dr Robin Bidwell

Board Member

Robin built and lead Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the global environmental consulting group for over 30 years. Robin currently chairs UNEP-WCMC, the marine engineering group LOC, and the Investment Committees for two Social Impact Funds. He was awarded a CBE for services to the environment in 1999.


Andrew Parker

Board Member

Andrew has spent the past 20 years working to advance conservation in Africa. He has extensive experience in both private and public PA management, having worked as CEO of Welgevonden and Sabi Sands Nature Reserves before joining African Parks…

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