As the founder and CEO of Natural Capital, a bespoke foundation connecting investors to concession opportunities, Steve works closely with conservation-minded high net worth individuals to link them and their investment requirements to protected area investment opportunities where their energy, resources, and desire to improve the status quo – can drive much-needed investment into the neglected high-value concession areas that surround, buffer, and link core national parks.
As a founding director of Conserve Global, a purpose-built organisation tackling the conservation crisis affecting the continent’s secondary protected areas and threatening the longevity of two thirds of Africa’s conservation estate, Steve’s work focused on securing and effectively managing neglected and abandoned hunting concessions, while simultaneously building diversified nature-based rural economies.
During his five years as the Executive Director of the Grumeti Fund, Steve was responsible for managing a conservation staff of over 200 people and allocating an annual budget of USD 5 million to safeguard and sustainably manage the 350,000 acre Singita Grumeti Reserves in the western corridor of the Serengeti.
Prior to leading the Grumeti Fund, Steve headed up the carbon-driven Sisheke Conservation Project: a long-term public-private partnership to sustainably develop 1.5 million hectares of community-administered land on the Upper Zambezi River. He helped articulate and implement the project’s vision, namely to secure a wild and fragile tract of Zambian wilderness where mankind and the natural world could learn to coexist in harmony.
Stephen is also a widely published environmental photojournalist, with his conservation stories and images featuring in a diverse portfolio of over 30 international magazines and newspapers.
Steve is a servant leader who believes in recruiting, training and empowering talented individuals to build strong and diverse teams driven by passion and aligned to the shared purpose of achieving sustainable impact.