EPI Foundation has its first CEO
The Chairman of the EPI Foundation, the former President of Botswana H.E Ian Khama welcomes its first CEO, Miles Geldard, in his office in Gaborone. The EPI Foundation is the new secretariat which will help the 19 African member states of the EPI to raise the money to implement their National Elephant Action Plans, (NEAPs).
Miles Geldard has decades of experience in finance, is a committed conservationist, and has worked and lived across Africa. Miles has worked as an adviser to the Central Bank of Botswana, as a global multi-asset investment manager in Europe and Asia with JPMorgan, and, most recently, as Head of Strategy at Jupiter Asset Management. He is based in Kenya.
Former President Khama said, ‘I’m delighted by this appointment. Miles has a passion for Africa and conservation, as well as unparalleled expertise and contacts in the world of finance. He is ideally qualified to achieve the EPI’s most significant challenge: securing the finance for the implementation of NEAPs’. Miles Geldard said, ‘I’m enormously excited by the opportunity to play such an important and unique role in elephant conservation. The EPI brings together an extraordinary range of African countries, united in their desire to save their elephants. I will do my utmost to help them achieve that goal’.
The elephant Crisis
Africa’s elephants are disappearing. Some 20,000 are killed each year- that’s 55 every single day- mostly for the illegal ivory trade. The overall number has declined by about one third over the last decade. Many elephants now live in small and isolated populations; if current trends continue, they will be wiped out in the next decade.
We, the EPI, comprise 19 African countries determined to end the killing of our elephants. The majority of surviving elephants live in our countries. We span the continent, from east to west, from savannah to dense forests. We are Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone. We have a plan to protect our elephants. We can do most of the work ourselves, but we also welcome your support.
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