Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson, Board Director

Born and raised in New York City, Meredith fell in love with Africa from an early age. After completing her studies in Political Science at Columbia University, she left the States to travel across Tanzania and Kenya. It was there that Meredith met some of the world’s leading conservationists, scientists and filmmakers, and began a lifelong commitment to preserving Africa’s most threatened species while helping to form strategies for education and community development.

Returning to New York in 1990, Meredith began writing a monthly What Ever Happened To... column for The Manhattan Spirit, before joining Time, Inc. Following her marriage one year later, she moved to South Africa where she reported on finance and the environment for Business Day. Over the next fourteen years, she lived and worked between London and Johannesburg, continuing to freelance. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Lady, US, Mexico and Russia VOGUE and Signature.

Having lived and worked in Africa as a journalist, Meredith has extensive and broad knowledge of the continent, from history and politics to agriculture and mining, wildlife and conservation. During her years in South Africa, she was involved with various organisations that focused on community development and wildlife management. Among her initiatives was a successful re-introduction of zebra into Liwonde National Park in Malawi, a project that involved the translocation of various sub species up the continent from northern South Africa. Meredith has worked in both documentary as well as feature film production, writing and co-producing a pilot for Discovery as well as her role as African consultant on Blood Diamond. She has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London since 2003.

Her conservation experience brought Meredith to Tusk Trust in 1999, where she has participated in many areas of the charity ever since, including the Appeals Committee in London. From 2005, she served as a Trustee of Tusk USA, helping to shape Tusk’s strategy for its educational curriculum, PACE, with US donors, as well as adapting the curriculum for HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles), an inner-city after school programme in LA. In 2011, she stepped off the Tusk board and is currently the Executive Director of Tusk USA.

Meredith continues to write freelance and is currently working on her first book. She lives in New York with her twin sons. She can be reached at meredith@tusk.org.

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