Sunset behind trees and hills

International Advisory Council

African People & Wildlife’s International Advisory Council is comprised of distinguished leaders from diverse fields, including business, conservation, philanthropy, science, and the arts. Council members advise APW’s leadership, sharing the best and latest ideas from their fields to strengthen our mission and ensure the quality and relevance of scientific information collected and used by our team. These APW champions also serve as ambassadors, raising awareness of our vision and building a network of enthusiastic supporters.

Dr. Sarah Durant

Senior Research Fellow

Zoological Society of London

Cat Specialist Group Member

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Sean Gerrity

Founder and Former CEO

American Prairie Reserve

Paula Kahumbu, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Wildlife Direct, Kenya

Edith McBean

Wildlife Conservationist and Philanthropist

Alison Nicholls

Art Inspired by Africa

Professor Stuart Pimm

Doris Duke Chair of Conservation

Duke University

Professor Oswald Schmitz

Professor of Ecology

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Bahaar Sidhu

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Berkeley Partners

Ruth Anna Stolk

Smithsonian Research Associate and Conservation Advocate

Tom Sturgess

Farmer and Entrepreneur

Lisa Volgenau

Philanthropist and Conservation Ecologist


Leadership and Staff

Get to know our founders, staff, board of directors, and field team members.

Staff member leading meeting at Noloholo

Northern Tanzania Big Cats Conservation Initiative

APW helps to preserve some of Tanzania’s most threatened big cat populations.

Pair of lion cubs in the grass

Our Vision

We envision a world where Africa’s people and wildlife coexist and thrive in vibrant, healthy landscapes.

Maasai man standing at scenic overlook