Chairman CarlCarl GrossmannN.Dip Surveying, MA EnvDev, FRGS

Carl Grossmann holds a National Diploma in Surveying from Technikon Natal and a Masters degree in Environment and Development from University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Carl Grossmann is one of the original founders and present Chairman of the African Conservation Trust.  He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (London, UK).  He is a current member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hillcrest, District 9370 and he is also a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (2855) and the South African Council for Professional Land Surveyors and Technical Surveyors (ST288). He is the sole owner of C & F Expeditions CC, a specialist NGO consultancy based in Durban. Carl holds a National Pilots License for light sport aircraft.
Carl lives in Everton, about 30km inland from Durban, on a 2 acre smallholding and is married with two sons, three dogs, two cats and a diminishing flock of chickens (due to the three dogs!) . Carl holds a Green Number for the Comrades Marathon and runs for DHS Old Boys AC.
Carl leads the Heritage Documentation Unit within the African Conservation Trust and has a passion for aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, photography, GIS, mapping, rock art and early African history.

OscarOscar Mpiyani Emmanuel MthimkhuluNat. Dip Nature Conservation, BTech Nature Conservation

Oscar Mthimkhulu is one of the most experienced biodiversity conservation managers in the province and brings to the African Conservation Trust a wealth of knowledge on best practice in sustainable community conservation and Payment for Eco-Systems Goods & Services (PES).

Since 1996, Oscar has been working for Ezemvelo KZN Widlife (the public entity responsible for the protection of biodiversity and management of all conservation areas in the province of KwaZulu-Natal) holding several increasingly responsible positions, including Officer in Charge of two well-known Drakensberg parks such as the Greater Giant's Castle Game Reserve and Royal Natal National Park. For the past five years he has been the Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator for the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, responsible for an area in excess of 283,00Ha, including 16 Protected Areas (Management Units) and leading a staff team of 300.

Oscar holds a National Diploma in Nature Conservation, BTech in Nature Conservation, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Project Management and a Masters degree in Environment and Development from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg.


Stacey Francis

  • Entrepreneur and CEO of Business World since 2011
  • Founder of the Business World Development Trust and 5cent drive campaign (black money for a brighter future) which is a bursary fund for learners unable to afford tertiary education.

Ms Francis has been involved in training and development for the past 7 years. She established her own skills development company in 2011 and has trained over 600 students in management and entrepreneurship over the past 5 years.

Her passion for travelling and love for South Africa lead to the establishment of a tourism company Gr8treks in 2014. This gave rise to the development of a bush lodge in Nkanyezini area of Mkhambatini, a start-up tourism project aimed at developing small businesses within the local community. She has played a vital role as community liaison officer for several rural development projects for sustainable food gardens and has lead projects like the school enterprise challenge, which was  a pilot project of 40 KZN schools engaging in entrepreneurial skills to start up small businesses for the schools, supported by the Financial literacy association, teach a man to fish (UK), department of education, Ithala bank and the Saville foundation. Stacey has provided mentorship in financial management and cost pricing to many projects under the financial literacy association such as Teaching children to save, financial education for rural women in business and the KZN international youth summit.

Stacey was one of the first groups of 40 people to do a tandem skydive jump for the ACT Skydive for Rhinos, to create awareness of rhino poaching.

She has an advanced degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Operations Management, from Durban University of Technology, a Level 8 Leadership program from Henley Business School, and  is an accredited assessor, moderator and skills developer


LenLeonard Outram van SchalkwykBA Honours Archaeology, MA Archaeology

Len is a partner in eThembeni Cultural Heritage, an independent organisation specialising in heritage impact assessments, ancestral grave management and integrated environmental management.  Len has 25 years of professional experience as a practising archaeologist and heritage resource manager in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.  His research interests have focussed on the Iron Age of southern Africa, while his management specialisations are heritage impact assessments, community liaison and ancestral grave management.

Len’s heritage experience is wide ranging and includes:

  • Selected as a South African ICOMOS Observer for the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site assessment
  • Co-director of Isandlwana Archaeological Project with Glasgow University
  • Author of special report on KZN’s coastal zone management for the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Evaluation Unit
  • Consultant to Department of Water Affairs and Forestry for the assessment of the uThukela Water Scheme
  • Member of Ministerial Monuments Task Group Committee to formulate the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Act 10 of 1997
  • Field Director of project on Early Iron Age KwaZulu-Natal, with University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Principal Investigator – survey and excavation of heritage resources in Richards Bay Minerals’ concession areas
  • Excavation of middens at King Shaka’s KwaBulawayo iKhanda in conjunction with Gavin Whitelaw of the Natal Museum and subsequent feasibility study into the site as a tourist destination
  • Cultural heritage management of the Greater Chobe Conservation Area in Botswana and policy document for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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