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Australian-born and Zimbabwean-based Damien is an Iraq war veteran who served as a Naval clearance diver and special operations sniper for the Australian Defense Force.
In 2017 Damien founded ‘Akashinga - Nature Protected by Women’, an IAPF program that has grown to over 240 employees with 7 nature reserves in the portfolio. They are the only group of nature reserves in the world to be protected by women. Their goal is to employ 1,000 women by 2025, protecting a network of 20 nature reserves, all managed by the IAPF.
Damien is also the co-founder of LEAD Ranger, an innovative and prestigious training program in Kenya whose clients include some of the most renowned conservation organisations in southern and East Africa.
He is the winner of the 2019 Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal, a prestigious international recognition for services to animals and humanity.