Dr. Neil Midlane is the Conservation Tourism Director for NatureVest's Impact Management team, working to assist conservation tourism operators in Africa impacted by the COVID pandemic and to revive and grow the contributions of the tourism industry to biodiversity conservation and community empowerment in some of Africa’s most important wild landscapes.
Neil brings expertise across the spheres of conservation, tourism, and finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, an accomplished safari guide, has worked in the banking industry and founded and ran the Kafue Lion Project in Zambia’s Kafue National Park. His work in Kafue earned him a Ph.D. in Zoology through the University of Cape Town, with his thesis producing the first scientific estimate of lion numbers in this critical landscape and identifying the key threats to the population. Neil’s findings also helped to establish a fund to combat poaching in key areas of Kafue.
More recently, Neil held management roles in the conservation and impact space at Singita and Wilderness Safaris, two leading African conservation tourism companies.
Neil is a member of the African Lion Working Group, the Mozambique Carnivore Working Group, the KAZA Elephant Working Group, the KAZA Carnivore Working Group and the Transfrontier Specialist Group.