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Caillin Basson

Namibia Representative

Having earned an honours degree in Law from the University of Namibia, Caillin completed a fellowship in Public Management at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and trained through DWA in Media Information Literacy and Media Freedom. Her film journey commenced at the age of 15 and includes international productions like Mad Max, The Amazing Race, and The Challenge, alongside remarkable local projects. As a producer and production manager she has made valuable contributions to the Namibian film industry over more than a decade. Serving as chairperson of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia, a valuable board member for numerous NGOs, and a member of the Namibia Film Commission since June 2021, Caillin is dedicated to advancing the local film industry. She actively promotes media literacy through initiatives like MiLLi and advocates for policy improvements within Namibia's creative sector. Caillin joined Wild Africa at the end of 2023 as Namibia Representative.

Annabel Mensah-Brown

Ghana Representative

Over her career, Annabel has worked as an Executive Assistant to the likes of Channel 4’s CEO and Discovery Channel’s VP of Brand Strategy, as well as a Creative Assistant to Vice President and then Director of Documentary Film for Netflix. Annabel is an Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, after completing the Gold business award. She has since spoken at St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, The Queens Tennis Club, and Asprey of London for The Women in Business event hosted by The Countess of Wessex. Annabel also founded her own Virtual Assistant Consultancy, assisting business leaders with personal and business support, business solutions, and events and later created her own training course for personal assistants and a course to assist business development in companies. After moving to Ghana in 2022, she became Project Lead with Empire Protocol, successfully executing the ‘Accra in Paris Concert' and working closely with former French Ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie Avé. Following this, she was appointed Brand Manager for media mogul and businessman Bola Ray. She joined Wild Africa at the end of 2023 as Ghana Representative.

Peter Knights

Co-founder & CEO

Peter Knights earned his degree from the London School of Economics after which he worked as an investigator and campaigner at the Environmental Investigation Agency, focused on global undercover investigations. His work primarily targeted the illicit trade in wild birds for pets and the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicine. His efforts persuaded over 150 airlines to stop transporting wild birds, reduced US imports of wild birds from 800,000 to 40,000, and drove mass awareness and legislative reforms in Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2000, Peter co-founded WildAid, where he served as Executive Director, CEO, and President over 22 years. His contributions, including starting the Marine Program in the Galapagos Islands and Climate Program in China, led to a pivotal role in convincing China to ban the ivory trade, significantly curbing elephant poaching in Africa. He has collaborated with influential figures, such as Jackie Chan and Yao Ming, as well as with over 100 ambassadors in campaigns garnering up to US$300m in donated media space to pioneer the concept of demand reduction in conservation efforts. In particular, the campaign he led to protect manta rays and whale sharks, together with the shark fin campaign featuring Yao Ming, resulted in a 50-70% decline in shark fin consumption in China and an 81% decrease in shark fin imports over three years. In 2022, Peter and his wife Corie founded Wild Africa, focused solely on African conservation and he was awarded an OBE for his lifetime services to conservation.

Corie Knights

Co-Founder & Development Director

Corie Knights is the Co-Founder of Wild Africa, where she serves as Development Director, managing individual philanthropy, events and leading donor expeditions to Africa to witness the conservation impact of Wild Africa’s work first-hand. Corie spent the last decade at WildAid as the Senior Director of Major Gifts. She also launched WildAid’s expeditions and managed their corporate partnerships, producing and leading their very successful gala. Over the last 25 years, Corie has travelled extensively across the African continent, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to the conservation of its wildlife and ecosystems. She is dedicated to building Wild Africa’s network of donors and supporters and growing the organisation’s profile and influence in both the US and Africa, her home away from home.

Linus Unah

West Africa Director

Linus Unah is an accomplished journalist, producer, and documentary filmmaker with a passion for crafting powerful stories that foster a deep appreciation for wildlife and the environment. His work has been featured on prominent media platforms, including Mongabay, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, National Public Radio, L.A. Times and Devex, among others. As the former West Africa Representative for WildAid, an international wildlife conservation non-profit, Linus led campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the illegal wildlife trade and promoting local support for conservation efforts. He brings his wealth of experience to Wild Africa, where he is excited to continue advancing the organisation’s mission across Africa. He’s a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he completed the short documentary, “Split Jury,” for his master’s thesis.

Dr. Mark Ofua

West Africa Representative

Dr. Mark Ofua is a highly accomplished veterinary surgeon and dedicated conservationist, with nearly two decades of experience. He is recognised as a leading authority on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Nigeria, having founded the country’s premier wildlife rescue centre. He rescues, rehabilitates, and releases endangered wildlife species. Dr. Mark is also a tireless advocate for wildlife conservation and culture change. He has developed highly successful collaborative awareness programs that have helped to transform attitudes and behaviours around bushmeat consumption and other harmful practices, while promoting greater understanding and appreciation for the importance of conserving Nigeria’s precious wildlife. Dr. Mark is deeply committed to saving the pangolin, one of the world’s most trafficked and endangered mammals.

Festus Iyorah

Nigeria Representative

Festus Iyorah is a communications expert with over 10 years of experience in journalism and media consulting. He has worked as a correspondent for leading international media outlets, including Aljazeera, the BBC, the Guardian (UK), and Vice News (UK), among others, reporting on various issues across Africa. As a media consultant, Festus has collaborated with UNDP, UNOCHA, and Ford Foundation on several communication campaigns addressing crucial topics such as the environment, counterterrorism, gender, and technology. He currently serves as Wild Africa’s Nigeria Representative, based in Lagos, where he employs his expertise to advance the organisation’s communications strategy.

Kelechukwu Iruoma

Nigeria Representative

Kelechukwu Iruoma is a communications specialist who serves as one of Wild Africa’s Nigeria representatives, developing and leading the organisation’s campaigns in Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Nigeria. As a multi-award-winning journalist with seven years of experience reporting environment, climate change, business, etc., his works have been published by Al Jazeera, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Devex, NPR, The Fish Site and African Business Magazine. Kelechukwu previously worked for San Francisco-headquartered WildAid as the Nigeria representative and for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITCO) as the Southern Nigeria Field Coordinator, investigating and researching organised crime, corruption, and social instability in Nigeria. He is passionate about environmental sustainability and committed to executing campaigns to combat illegal wildlife trade and promote biodiversity conservation. Kelechukwu is currently on study leave pursuing a Master of Mass Communication at Arizona State University in the United States.

Lee Ndayisaba

Rwanda Representative

Olivier Lee Ndayisaba is a Rwandan media professional with more than 20 years’ experience in media management, consultancy and production. He has managed media outlets in East Africa, including Clouds TV, Tanzania, and has held the roles of Programs Manager at Choice FM, Tanzania, Head of Programs and Production at Clouds TV International, UAE, as well as General Manager of Kiss FM, Rwanda. Lee was also the Executive Producer of East Africa’s Got Talent, part of Got Talent Global, covering Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. He joined Wild Africa as the Rwandan country manager in July 2023.

Guy Jennings

Southern Africa Director

Guy Jennings is an award-winning designer and long-time copywriter with over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. Six years ago, he changed his career to his lifelong passion, conservation. As WildAid’s Southern African consultant, he set up innovative awareness programs in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, working closely with government and NGOs in-country. Guy now combines his design skills and knowledge of creating adverts with his love for the animals and people of Africa, to conceptualise and create endearing and important stories and conservation-based messaging for Wild Africa. As the lead in South Africa and Zimbabwe, his focus is on building the Southern African network of partner organisations and media, as well as on the subjects of human-wildlife conflict and community-based conservation.

Farai Chapoterera

Zimbabwe Representative

Farai Chapoterera is a scriptwriter and broadcaster who has worked in various fields from music and entertainment, to broadcast, and finally to the conservation space. Having studied Public Relations and started off in advertising as a copywriter, Farai has been on the management team of one of Zimbabwe’s top musicians, Jah Prayzah, anchored a morning breakfast show on the national broadcaster ZBC, and worked as Head Writer and Researcher at a new commercial television channel, NRTV, where she now presents two shows. Out of a passion for conservation she started volunteering with two Zimbabwe non-profit organisations; the Zambezi Society-ZAMSOC and the Zambezi Elephant Fund-ZEF. In 2018 Farai joined Wild Aid when it began work in Zimbabwe. She serves now as Zimbabwe Representative for Wild Africa, identifying new partnerships and tapping into her networks and experience to promote greater awareness of critical conservation issues.

Arthur Mavhima

Zimbabwe Consultant

A Zimbabwean by birth, Arthur Mavhima has worked in the investments field for over two decades and specialised in equities research. His work in conservation spans nearly 10 years, over which his passion for reducing the rate of deforestation has led him to focus on encouraging sustainable utilisation of natural resources in rural communities and improving understanding of the negative effects of habitat loss. In his role at Wild Africa he liaises with key stakeholders, gathers information, compiles reports, and facilitates meetings with key players in Zimbabwe’s conservation and tourism industry.

Debra Addison

Head of Digital Communications

Debra Addison is a brand strategist, communications manager and copywriter. She graduated with a distinction in English Literature and major in Media and Writing from the University of Cape Town before completing an Honours degree in Brand leadership at Vega School of Advertising. With experience in both advertising agency settings and the NGO sector, she’s since worked in Australia, Sweden and South Africa to deliver meaningful, strategically-driven, and creative campaigns for the likes of UNDP, Vestas, The Salvation Army Australia, Campari Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank and AB InBev Africa amongst others. After 10+ years in the branding, advertising and communications space, she graduated cum laude from a PGDip in Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch at the end of 2022 and set her sights on conservation and environmental work. She joined Wild Africa in 2023 as the Head of Digital Communications.

Jolynn Minnaar

Head of Production

Jolynn Minnaar is an award-winning South African film director and creative producer with over ten years of experience in the film and media industry. She graduated with distinction from the University in Cape Town with a triple major in Film, Media and Screen Production and followed this with a postgraduate specialisation in Cinematography and Editing at AFDA. Passionate about harnessing the power of film to drive positive change, Jolynn’s work has screened at prestigious international festivals including IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and CPH:DOX, and her commercial work spans the globe. Known for her powerful character-driven storytelling and unique approach as a woman filmmaker, Jolynn’s awards include Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, Glamour Woman of the Year, and a member of the distinguished 21 Icon family. Jolynn now oversees the production of Wild Africa content as Head of Production in the Cape Town office.

Dave Cohen

Senior Video Editor

Dave Cohen is a born and bred Capetonian with over 15 years’ experience in the film industry. During his career he’s worked in a broad spectrum of roles including camera operator, editor and motion graphics animator and in both freelance and in-house capacities. Whether working for Via on a reality TV show, for Seen on SnaptChat vidoes, or with a conservation film company on a short documentary series, Dave has a knack for artful and emotive storytelling that delivers a punchy message. With a passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare that extends far beyond his role at Wild Africa, his noteworthy documentary work as an editor includes Eye of the Pangolin and Bloodlions, the latter of which went on to win several international and local awards.

Hope Fifield

Senior Video Editor

A naturally gifted storyteller and self-professed animal lover, Hope Fifield has thrived at Wild Africa where she has the opportunity to combine her passions. Having started her career studying Film and Television at the Durban Institute of Technology, she’s spent the last 10 years editing documentary and entertainment content for both South African and international broadcast, in a variety of languages. Working on the likes of Espresso Morning Show, Doctor’s Orders, Tongue In Cheek, She’s The One, Sarah Graham Food Safari, and Shoprite’s CSI video content through to Coexist, Unsmoke and Hokaai My Meisie, Hope brings immense experience to the team across a wide range of projects and content themes.

Liam Davy

Video Editor, Audio Post Production

With a lifelong passion for film, and a particular fascination for sound in film, Liam Davy studied music production at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute and has been working in the film and music industry for the last 7 years. As a freelancer he produced original scores for web series, edited podcasts, designed audio for video games, created original music for corporate adverts, and worked on post-production audio for short films. Travel, wildlife conservation and environmental concerns are deep motivators for Liam, and saw him rallying local business during the Covid-19 pandemic to help fund elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that were negatively affected at this time. His work at Wild Africa represents a meaningful intersection of his creativity, expertise and desire to positively impact his home continent.

Candice Myataza

Colourist and Library Manager

It was while she was pursuing her academic studies in Film & Television at the University of Cape Town that Candice Myataza discovered her love of colour in artistic expression. Her passion for colour grading in film, in particular, led her to pursue opportunities in video editing, primarily for organisations she felt were doing meaningful work. Before her internship at Wild Africa, one of her project highlights was creating social media assets for Positiveo, a free, app-based therapy service for mental health issues.
Our team also includes our US Board, who provides good governance, strategic leadership and financial oversight of our donor-facing US entity. Learn who they are and the specific expertise they bring.
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