Ms Helena Atkinson (Masters in Science)
Portfolio: Vice Chair of the Board
Helena has experience at national and regional levels and in business in the fields of environmental and wildlife conservation and education. She is the Director of the Pangolin Trust and a cross-border safari business. She is experienced in small business concepts and fundraising. Helena worked as the Social Ecologist for Wilderness Safaris, Africa’s largest ecotourism operator, and was previously a General Manager and Executive Committee member of WESS. She has experience in the management of biodiversity, water, community, and education programmes and projects throughout the SADC region. Her research involved an important South African study in the growth of the concept of “socio-ecological systems” and their role in protected area management and development.