Leadership & the team

Africa Team

Nick Brandt, Co-Founder & President Medium

Born and raised in England, in 2001, Nick switched careers to embark upon a decade-long photographic project: a trilogy of books to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. With the final part of the trilogy completed in

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Richard Bonham, Co-founder, Director of Operations in Africa Medium

Richard is the son of an early well known Kenyan Game Warden, Jack Bonham. This meant he had an early and vivid introduction to Wildlife, the bush and conservation. After a spell of bush flying in the Sudan, Zaire and East Africa Richard went into

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Damian Bell, Project Manager, Tanzania Medium

Damian formed a safari company in Tanzania over 20 years ago called Sokwe. It became a leading ecotourism company that with others pioneered partnership tourism agreements with local communities to enable these communities to benefit from

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John Magembe, Platoon Commander, Tanzania Medium

John grew up in a small village adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. He only got the chance to go primary school and when he left school at 16, he had to find a life for himself. John got a job as a driver for an anti-poaching team in his home area.

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Craig Millar, Security, Big Life Kenya Medium

Craig is a fourth generation Kenyan who grew up on a cattle ranch in the Great Rift Valley. Having always been interested in wildlife and passionate about conservation, a degree in zoology from Newcastle University UK was the natural choice

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Samar Ntalamia, Project Officer, Kenya Medium

Having worked for various NGOs Samar has over six years experience in management position. Prior to joining Big Life he was operations and Fleet Manager at AID Village Clinics Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International

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Tom Hill, Board Director / Co-Founder of MPT / Predator Compensation Medium

Tom Hill, a graduate of the University of Texas and the Wharton School of Business (MBA in Finance) was a New York City-based entrepreneur for more than three decades. He co-founded Shoppers Voice, Inc. in 1968 (“the first

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Ole Kirimbai, Community Advisor, Tanzania Medium

Ole Kirimbai is a Maasai and was born in Tanzania on the slopes of Mt. Meru. He grew up as a child looking after his father’s cattle in and around the forests that is now occupied the sprawling town of Arusha. This fostered a child that has

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Jeremy Goss & Nikki Best, Conservation Project Managers, Kenya Medium

Jeremy Goss and Nikki Best come from two very contrasting backgrounds, brought together through a mutual love for all things wild.    Jeremy hails from South Africa, and has grown up immersed in Africa’s wildlife and places.

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Francis Legei, Commanding Officer, Big Life Kenya Medium

Born and raised in the Laikipia District of Kenya, Francis developed an affinity for wildlife as a young boy passing animals on his way to school. After completing high school, his dream to become a custodian of wildlife came true as he was selected

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United States Team

Wendie Wendt, Executive Director Medium

Wendie is a passionate animal welfare advocate. After graduating from law school, Wendie received her LL.M in taxation and routinely advised animal welfare nonprofit organizations regarding international and U.S. state and federal tax

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Kathryn Fenley, Treasurer & Secretary Medium

Kathryn began her career as a Veterinary Technician in St. Charles, Missouri while she earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in design. Due to her love and compassion for animals, she continued working as a Vet Tech for fifteen

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Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson, Board Director Medium

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

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Scott Bailey (& Team), Website Designer/Developer/Manager Medium

Scott Bailey is an entrepreneur, website designer and breeder of Arabian horses in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scott's passion for Africa began during a trip to Kenya in 1987 when he first experienced the beauty of the savannah and the wildlife firsthand. 

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Canada Team

Greg Gubitz, Chairman of the Board Medium

Through his travels, Greg has developed a deep respect for wildlife and nature, mixed in with a healthy dose   of adventure.  He is passionate about Africa and the preservation of its wildlife.  Professionally

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Rob Ogilvie, Board Director Medium

Africa has played a role in Rob’s life for as long as he can remember. His mother spent time living on the continent, working in hospitals in Uganda and then in South Africa, where his older brother was born. He first set foot in Kenya at the

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Victor D'Souza, Board Director Medium

Victor D'Souza was born in Kenya and emigrated to Canada in his late teens.  Victor has an abiding interest in the preservation of natural habitat and is excited about the mandate of Big Life Canada.  Professionally Victor is an

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Raymond Stone, Board Director Medium

Raymond grew up in South Africa and his love of wildlife stems from countless weeks spent year after year in the Kruger National Park. In his late 20’s, he immigrated to Canada where he founded a healthcare distribution company, taking

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