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Our US Board

Wild Africa is an African organisation with offices in South Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. While we’re both African-based and African-focused, many of our donors are international and fundraising takes place through our US entity. This work is overseen by a board with a wealth of organisational management experience and a passion for social and environmental causes.

Peter Knights

Chair

Peter Knights, as chair of the Wild Africa Board, brings with him significant organisational leadership experience – from securing crucial funding, overseeing substantial growth and geographic expansion into new regions, to ensuring organisational excellence. Under his guidance and management, WildAid’s income grew to $12 million in 2020, and the organisation maintained a 100% Charity Navigator rating for four years. From 2018, Peter was dedicated to expanding WildAid’s footprint in Africa, conducting campaigns in various countries, including Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Gabon, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe. In 2020, he orchestrated Africa’s largest-ever conservation awareness program in Nigeria, involving key opinion leaders, five TV networks, and six major newspapers. Additionally, he initiated the Music for Wildlife Program, collaborating with 80 top musicians across the continent. For his remarkable contributions, he received the Associate Laureate of the Rolex Award for Enterprise. Peter has also been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in addition to numerous other accolades for his contributions to conservation.

Emily Aldrich

Secretary

Emily Aldrich is the Managing Director and Senior Associate General Counsel of Snap Inc., a tech company. She previously worked as a Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo, N.A. and as a litigator at the law firm Hunton & Williams, LLP. Emily holds a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Barbara. Emily’s passion for animals and conservation started early as the daughter of two biologists. Her pro bono work as a lawyer assisting non-profits with drafting amicus briefs merged her love for justice with animal rights.

Merry Dempsey

Treasurer

Merry Dempsey is the Chief Operating Officer at White Pony Express, a food rescue NGO. She was also a founding member and Vice President at Premium Service Brands, a home service franchising company based in Charlottesville, VA. Merry spent 11 years building and developing the startup to an industry leader in home service franchising with an umbrella of 9 brands. After studying business and accounting in college, she co-founded her first company at 27. Merry is a seasoned entrepreneur passionate about applying her experience and expertise to social causes.

Chad Pinter

Board Member

Chad Pinter has a lifelong passion for animals, food, and agriculture and has served on both the business and non-profit boards. Born and raised in Iowa, Chad grew up in a family that ran an exotic animal refuge and raised cows, chickens, and pigs. Chad graduated from the University of Iowa with a Finance degree and spent most of his career involved in ventures that related to feeding animals or humans. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Western Milling, LLC, one of the largest animal feed and agriculture companies in the United States with approximately $2B in sales annually. Throughout his career, Chad has consistently been involved in mergers and acquisitions and his expertise in deal-making has helped multiple parties benefit from successful transactions.

Carrie Barlow

Board Member

Carrie Barlow is an experienced community fundraiser and philanthropic partner, dedicated to serving both local and global organizations in the East Bay area of California. With over 22 years of experience, Carrie has established deep roots in her community, where she lives with her husband and two children. Carrie graduated with a BA in Communications / Public Relations and a Minor in Business Administration / Marketing from California State University, Chico. She served 8 years on the Lafayette Library Foundation Board of Trustees, chairing two years. She led many committees including Communications, Personnel, Annual Events, and Development.

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