Board Members

he management of the organization lies with a Board of Trustees and the Chief ExecutiveOfficer. The board is composed of five diverse professionals, with common ground in  their passion for wildlife conservation in Africa.


John Lemon

John is the ZCP Chairman and brings several decades of experience with large carnivore research and conservation as the Director of Painted Dog Conservation Inc and the Curator of Perth Zoo.

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Dr. Vincent Nyirenda

Dr. Nyirenda brings decades of expertise as a wildlife biologist in Zambia, former Head of Research for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and a Senior Lecturer at Copperbelt University with areas of expertise including ecology, human-wildlife conflict, 


Rob Clifford

The Operations Manager for Robin Pope Safaris and a long-term board member Rob has helped facilitate immeasurable in-kind and direct support for field operations and logistics in Zambia

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Dr. Nyambe Nyambe

Dr. Nyambe is currently the Secretariat of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) and brings several decades of experience in conservation and policy to this position.  He was formerly Director of WWF-Zambia and has worked with a wide array of conservation organizations and issues throughout his career. 

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Frans Schepers

Frans played a key role in helping the organization grow through his former position within WWF-Netherlands. He joined the board in 2014 after accepting a role as Managing Director for Rewilding Europe.  He brings over 30 years experience in international conservation programmes and initiatives from across the world.


Dr. Kellie Leigh

Kellie founded the programme’s activities in 1998 and over ten years expanded the organization from “one researcher and a Toyota Hilux” into a highly successful and internationally collaborative conservation programme. The endangered African wild dog was ZCP’s first flagship species and the programme aimed to conserve it and other highly mobile mammal species across the landscape in the beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park. Over the following years Kellie successfully developed the organization’s multifaceted approach to conservation of combining research, community education and on-ground conservation activities. She also secured the organization’s sustainability and its capacity to deliver a diverse range of conservation outcomes by establishing partnerships with organizations such as the Zambia Wildlife Authority, local NGO’s including anti-poaching and community education organizations, University research partners, ecotourism operators and international donors. During her time in Zambia, Kellie completed her PhD through the University of Sydney; her key fields of research expertise include conservation biology, population genetics, and behavioral ecology. Integrated into management and policy documents, her research findings and recommendations attracted funding and support from WWF-Netherlands from 2005 onwards, enabling rapid expansion into South Luangwa and beyond. Kellie has been awarded numerous research grants, awards and scholarships which provided additional core funding for the work. She resigned from the Board of Trustees in 2009, now applying her expertise and experience back home in Australia, Kellie hopes to help change Australia’s record for having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.