By KATIE DODD
We are delighted that Miles Geldard, who sits on our Investment Advisory Committee, has been appointed as the CEO of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation.
The EPI is a leading anti-ivory trade campaign and lobby group bringing together 19 member states to spearhead initiatives to help member states raise money for and achieve their National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPs). These plans are designed to ensure a sustainable future for Africa’s elephants, and a better future for the people living alongside them.
Miles has been a committed conservationist for decades, having moved out to Kenya following a career in finance during which he held numerous roles, including Chief Investment Officer at JP Morgan Asset Management, Adviser at the Central Bank of Botswana, and latterly as a Senior Advisor to Jupiter Asset Management. Miles has held a long interest in Africa – he is a trustee of Save the Elephants in Kenya, and helps to steer Hand in Hand International’s private sector outreach in Kenya.
Miles commented, “I’m enormously excited by the opportunity to play such an important and unique role in elephant conservation. The EPI brings together an extraordinary range of African countries, united in their desire to save their elephants. I will do my utmost to help them achieve that goal.”
We look forward to following the progress of the EPI Foundation under Miles’s chairmanship.
More information about the EPI:
The EPI was founded in 2014 with the common goal to save Africa’s elephants and build a sustainable future for the people living alongside them. The policies are based on the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), which was agreed by all African elephant range states in 2010. Through this plan, the EPI hopes to close down the ivory trade and ivory markets. There are now 19 member countries in the EPI: Botswana, Gabon, Ethiopia, Chad, Tanzania, Angola, The Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Malawi.