Werner Myburgh

Werner joined Peace Parks in 1998, serving in various capacities before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Leading a team that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% since 2010. Provides leadership for a staff component of around 400 with an annual budget of USD 30-50 million. The average annual running costs of Peace Parks’ head office have been below 12% of the total budget for the past decade.

He has been involved in executing more than 500 different development projects within the transboundary landscapes across southern Africa and was part of the team responsible for facilitating the establishment of several transfrontier conservation areas, including Kgalagadi, Great Limpopo, /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld, Kavango-Zambezi, Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools, and Malawi-Zambia.

His areas of expertise include protected area management and development, community development and alternative livelihoods, transboundary landscape development, and financial and project management. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Peace Parks Foundation and the boards of the SA College for Tourism, Southern African Wildlife College, and Southern African Wildlife College Trust. He is a member and advisor of the steering and management committees of 11 national parks and protected areas throughout southern Africa.

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