Miles Geldard appointed as CEO of the EPI Foundation
The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) has taken a crucial step towards its objective of protecting elephant populations, and mobilising the resources needed for their conservation, with the appointment of the first CEO of the EPI Foundation. 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.
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), which are designed to ensure a sustainable future for Africa’s elephants and a better future for the people who live alongside them. The Chairman of the EPI Foundation, the former President of Botswana H.E Ian 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’.