Matthew Norval, Chief Operations Officer of the Wilderness Foundation Africa is a South African based conservationist working to protect wilderness and wildlife.
He is a protected area planning and management specialist with more than 25 years experience in both state and private owned protected areas across Southern Africa. He has been involved in the establishment and expansion of a number of prominent conservation areas in South Africa including the Namaqua National Park, Baviaanskloof Mega-reserve, Plains of Camdeboo Private Reserve and the Mountain Zebra/Camdeboo Corridor.
Matthew is a member of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and his academic qualifiations include a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of the Free State, as well as various short courses in topics ranging from the Art and Science of Negotiation from Wits Business School, Environmental Management, Project Management and Environmental Communication.
In 2014, Matthew received the CAPE Fynbos Conservation Award for his dedication and innovative contributions towards conservation.