CEO African Parks
Peter Fearnhead is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Parks Network. His first formal involvement in parks and wildlife was at the age of 13 when he was involved in the establishment and management of a 1,000 hectare wildlife reserve on the school property. When his friends were on the sports field, Peter was building roads, constructing dams, doing taxidermy, ringing and photographing birds, reintroducing wildlife and fighting bush fires. He graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal (South Africa) and an MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oxford University. He started his career with Deloitte as a management consultant, before joining South African National Parks in 1996, where he held a number of positions including Resource Economist, Advisor to the CEO, and Head of Commercial Development. He was appointed to the Executive Management Board of SANParks in 1998. It was during his time at SANParks that he formulated the concept of African Parks and has been a driving force ever since. In 2007 he was appointed as the CEO of African Parks which today is responsible for managing 10 protected areas in seven countries spanning six million hectares. He is also the Chairman of Marakele Contractual National Park, a joint venture between private philanthropists and SANParks, and has served on the advisory panel of Stop Ivory since its inception. Peter has participated in and spoken at various forums including the World Economic Forum in Davos.