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Boards & Advisory Committees

The Wilderness Foundation Africa as an organisation is represented on a number of boards and advisory committees by CEO, Dr Andrew Muir. Andrew has been the CEO of the Wilderness Foundation in Africa since 2000.

Here is a concise breakdown of his roles on various other committees:

On a local level, in Port Elizabeth

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber: Andrew Muir is on the board of the NMB Business Chamber as Deputy President. The Chamber represents over 800 member companies as the voice of business in Nelson Mandela Bay.
  • GEM Project: Andrew Muir is a Board Member of the GEM Project in South Africa. The GEM Project aims to develop young people through education and training to achieve their potential and give them the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.
  • Citizen of the Year Awards: Andrew Muir has been a judge of the Herald Citizen of the Year awards for the past four years. He is specifically involved in evaluating the tourism and environmental categories of the event. The Herald GM Citizen of the Year identifies and honours the activities of exceptional individuals whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in Nelson Mandela Bay.
  • African Conservation Ecology (ACE): Andrew Muir serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE). ACE is an association that develops scientific knowledge of the ecology and conservation of African ecosystems, especially in the Eastern Cape and adjacent regions of high biodiversity, which will enable society to make wise environmental management decisions. In achieving its Mission, ACE will build human capacity through postgraduate training.

On a national level, in South Africa

  • Wilderness Foundation: Andrew Muir is a non-executive on the board of the Wilderness Foundation Africa. Wilderness Foundation Africa is one of few South African Conservation NGOs currently involved with active, sustainable social intervention programmes.
  • Wilderness Leadership School: Andrew Muir is a non-executive on the board of the Wilderness Leadership School. The WLS offers learning opportunities through experiential education – by offering varying levels of outdoor experiences in wilderness and natural environments.

On an international level

  • Andrew Muir is CEO of Wilderness Foundation Global, the only international conservation organization born in and operating out of Africa; dedicated explicitly to wilderness awareness and protection that integrates spiritual / cultural / experiential values with science & policy; and respects the views of indigenous and community peoples and integrates them with contemporary conservation.
  • Gaia Foundation: Andrew Muir is an associate advisor for the Gaia Foundation UK. He has served in this position since 1995.
  • Wilderness Foundation UK and Wild Foundation USA: Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation on the boards of both the Wilderness Foundation UK and Wild Foundation USA. He has attended board meetings annually for the past ten years.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Matthew Norval as conservation director represents WF at the regional meeting, four times per annum. The union addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges: tackling climate change, achieving sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building a green economy
  • International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF): Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation as a partner of the ICCF. The ICCF aims to achieve global conservation solutions by uniting corporate leaders, NGOs and policymakers.
  • Conservation Council of Nations (CCN): Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation as a partner of the CCN. The Council aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to promote an effective long-term approach to natural resource management worldwide

Meet Our Team

Wilderness Foundation Africa is made up of a team of dedicated individuals who share a great passion for the conservation of our planet.