Our Team

Matt Williams Profile PicCrista Valentino, United States
Co-Founder, Director

 

After graduating from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA in 2009, Crista was drawn to non-profit work, enjoying the ability to be a part of decision making processes and watching her day-to-day contributions immediately and directly affect an outcome. With an invitation from the WILD Foundation to address the lack of support and visibility available to younger generations in the environmental sector, Crista co-founded CoalitionWILD. She continues to lobby for a stronger integration of youth voices and empowerment in organizational and business decision making, and has achieved this through recently co-publishing an intergenerational leadership toolkit for conservation and leading multiple projects that accelerate and further initiatives around the world being led by young people for nature. Crista is an active member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals, a Womentum and Leadership Jackson Hole Alumnae, and has had her writing featured in local, regional and international publications. Crista spends her free time pushing her limits in the Tetons and searching out the best ice cream shops around the world.

 

 

 

 

 


jdeklerk-profile-photoJacqui de Klerk, Colombia
Steering Committee

 

Born and bred in South Africa, Jacqui traveled the world and finally found her place in Colombia, where she now lives as a freelance writer. Working for both local and international media houses, Jacqui strives to effectively communicate information that has the potential to educate and inspire readers to take action in their own individual capacity. Besides writing, Jacqui spends her time riding her bike, reading profusely and volunteering for several environmental initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



10368343_10100982000041567_8140011656939791624_oTom Wiercioch, Canada
Founding Steering Committee

 

Tomasz is captivated by the storytellers behind stories inspired by nature. He has pursued this interest through communications roles with non profits and government agencies across Canada. Today, he is bridging the gap between emerging storytellers and aspiring environmental professionals through WILDvoices, and building a coalition around the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s #NatureForAll movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


img_5163Michael Grover, South Africa
Founding Steering Committee

 

Mike lives at Djuma Private Game Reserve, South Africa with his family. An MSc Ecology graduate, he worked his way up to the position as Ecologist in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This lead to recognition as a leading young professional by CoalitionWILD at the WILD 10 Conference in 2013. Mike and his wife, Candice, started Activating Africa, a company working with the local communities, uplifting the communities and giving opportunities to people living on the fringe of conservation areas. Starting with the development of under privileged children they hope to build relationships and trust through community conscious conservation projects that develop sustainable livelihoods in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LuchaJordi van Oort, Netherlands
Founding Steering Committee

 

After studying Nature Conservation in both Africa and The Netherlands, Jordi strongly connected to the vast plains of the African continent and its people. He strongly believes that many of our conservation challenges could be much better understood if we would just listen to what their indigenous inhabitants have to say. Jordi is an avid conservation photographer and loves to take people with him on his journeys visually through photos, videos and blogs. Jordi is a team player, loves the bush, and he is very proud to be able to do his part in conserving that what lies close to his heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Lawson, United Kingdom
Steering Committee

 

From 2006-2013, Will left the UK to work in Southern Africa as a Game Ranger and Instructor; here he honed his passion for wildlife and the land and sea. During this time he also incorporated Biomimicry into his life helping to set up BiomimicrySA; a now thriving social enterprise. In 2013 he moved back to his natal patch in the UK to work for the BBC and has been making wildlife documentaries and helping the development of Biomimicry UK, since. Will always makes time for an adventure, he wouldn’t be where he is without them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eurythius Lincoln Meyer, South Africa
Founding Steering Committee

 

Eurythius Lincoln Meyer, hails from the small town of Pearston in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Lincoln is a passionate Wilderness Guide and Conservationist. Lincoln has worked for the Wilderness Foundation Africa on varies youth development programmes for the past 9 years combining his passion for conservation and keen interest in developing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds using the healing powers of nature. Lincoln made the list of top 200 South Africans under the age of 35 in 2015. He spends his free time enjoying good food and has a coffee/wine craving palate.