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Giles Davies

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 Birnie

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

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.

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Kathleen H. Fitzgerald

Kathleen leads Conservation Capital’s Business Consulting Africa division. She has more than 25 years of experience in integrated large landscape conservation programmes in Africa and North America. Kathleen was a senior staff member of the African Wildlife Foundation for 11 years, most recently serving as Vice President for its East and Southern Africa portfolio. She has helped create new conservation areas, improve management of existing protected areas, established co-management arrangements with governments and designed innovative models for community integration in conservation. She has completed dozens of land transactions in North America and worked extensively on increasing conservation finance for protected areas. She is widely published and has an undergraduate in Environmental Studies and Government and a Master of Science. Kathleen is based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Harry Brainch

Harry has ten years experience in consulting and management, primarily in East Africa working in impact investment and enterprise.  He has managed teams and projects across multiple sectors including renewable energy, Fin-Tech, agri-business and ecotourism.  He is focused on developing investment and business models that can deliver financial returns with conservation impact.  He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Environmental Technology with Economics from Imperial College London.  Harry was raised in Kenya and is also a qualified wilderness guide.

Francois Barnard

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.


Helena Newell

Helena recently completed an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London and undertook her thesis on natural capital accounting in Uganda. Previously, Helena worked at PwC for two years in strategy consulting and merger and acquisition advisory. In 2014 she graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge with a BA in Economics.

Boaz Tumwesigye

Boaz is a protected area 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 and is presently studying for an MBA. Boaz is based in Kampala, Uganda.


Anastasiya Bakteeva

Anastasiya has 5 year experience in management consulting in multiple sectors, including renewable energy, microfinance, operation efficiency and IT. Prior to Conservation Capital, Anastasiya worked with a microfinance consulting company in Berlin and also with responsible investment fund in Paris on projects aiming to give improved access to energy in African and Asian countries. She also acquired experience in management consulting in Paris working primary in the banking sector. Anastasiya graduated from the prestigious university the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia and holds MA degree from Rennes School of Business, France, where she focused her studies on sustainable development and social business.


Lucien Ireland

Lucien joined Conservation Capital in 2017. He is supporting our conservation impact investment teams in London and Nairobi and is also coordinating the development and initial projects of Conservation Capital’s new knowledge management and innovation hub. Lucien graduated from Keble College, Oxford in 2016 with a Bachelors in Economics and Management and is based between the UK and Kenya.

Barbara Mayer

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

Lucas Robinson

Lucas is based in Harare, Zimbabwe 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).


Pauline Donald

Pauline joined Conservation Capital having worked as a management accountant for several multinational organisations in the UK, Europe and Australia. She coordinates the financial management and operational aspects of our firm. Pauline graduated from Dundee University with a Bachelors Degree of Law. She is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Management accountants. In 2016 she attained an MSc in International Business, widening her areas of expertise to include marketing and human resource management.


François Mosnier

François has eight years of experience in finance, primarily as a research analyst at Exane BNP Paribas, the leading equity research firm in Europe, and at Capital Group, one of the largest asset managers globally. Prior to Conservation Capital, he also spent close to two years working in the field of sustainable farming and eco-tourism across several countries in Europe and Asia, notably South Korea, Thailand, and France. François graduated in 2011 with an MSc in Finance from ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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James Shaw

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.

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...

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