Discovering Regenerative Thought Leadership in a WILDeconomy Masterclass

7-day Journey
From $14,225 / person
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About the Private Itinerary

An immersive 7-day small-group journey in East Africa from 30 Oct - 5 Nov '24; uncover how your safari fits into the bigger picture of a thriving wildlife economy in Africa, specifically sustainable tourism.

An immersive 7-day small-group journey in East Africa from 30 Oct – 5 Nov ’24; uncover how your safari fits into the bigger picture of a thriving wildlife economy in Africa, specifically sustainable tourism. This itinerary is hosted throughout by Richard Vigne, Executive Director of African Leadership University’s (ALU’s) School of Wildlife Conservation. Tapping into research conducted by ALU, and supported by curated resources, you will explore five key economic activities through interactive discussions and insightful experiences: Ecotourism; Wildlife Ranching; Hunting & Fishing; Forest Products, and the Carbon Market.

 

Spanning both Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the WILDeconomy Masterclass itinerary is perfect for wildlife-loving academics, adventure seekers and those who want to immerse themselves in real-world discussions and thought-changing impact solutions that help to leave our world a better place. The founding concept behind the andBeyond WILDeconomy Masterclass is to bring together diverse minds and perspectives in an immersive learning experience, unpack and discover how your wildlife safari ultimately fits into the bigger picture of a thriving African wildlife economy, specifically sustainable tourism.

 

New thought leadership inspired by the research findings of African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation has shaped this itinerary, exploring the untapped potential and conservation-community solutions of Africa’s wildlife economy through curated experiences and interactive discussions. Your facilitator and host throughout will be Richard Vigne, Executive Director of African Leadership University’s (ALU’s) School of Wildlife Conservation. Your participation in this journey supports a donation of USD 150 per person to the ALU’s Internship Fund; all students benefitting from this fund must complete at least three months of internship each year as a dynamic element of the ALU model of ‘learning through doing’.

 

Your hosts 

Kenya-born Richard Vigne, Executive Director of African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation, is a conservation practitioner and land-use consultant with over 20 years of experience in Africa. Richard founded and developed the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya: East Africa’s largest sanctuary for black rhinos, with close to 1,000 employees. This Conservancy pioneered the successful integration of a profitable livestock operation with conservation, community development and tourism. Richard’s UK university qualifications include a Masters in Management for Agriculture (Cranfield), and a first degree in Zoology (Newcastle).  He’s a keen fisherman and scuba diver, fluent in Swahili.

Highlights & Activities

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Limited edition journey
This tailored small-group journey is perfect for wildlife-loving academics, adventure seekers, and those wanting to immerse themselves in real-world discussions and impactful solutions to leave our world a better place.
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Specialist-led
Richard Vigne, Executive Director African Leadership University's School of Wildlife Conservation, and a passionate conservationist with over 20 years of experience in Africa, will be your host and facilitator throughout your journey.
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Curated resources
Your own WILDeconomy Masterclass workbook will be your information guide and personal journal as you explore the five growth points for Africa's wildlife economythrough interpretive experiences and interactive discussions.
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Thought leadership
New thought leadership, inspired by the research findings of African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation has inspired this itinerary which explores the untapped potential of Africa’s WILDeconomy.
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Immersive experience
All the topics and discussion points that shape the framework of the WILDeconomy Masterclass itinerary will be showcased through a collection of immersive and interpretive conservation and community experiences.
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Iconic locations
Your accommodation will include andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge (Tanzania) and andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (Kenya) with your journey playing out across the legendary Serengeti and Masai Mara reserves.

Private Itinerary

  • Summary

Regenerative Impact

How can wildlife contribute just as much as other resources -like human capital, oil and gas – to Africa’s economy, and as a consequence, to the protection and conservation of its natural assets? This collaborative itinerary has been created to answer this fundamental question, and to showcase African Leadership University’s new thought leadership that holds the promise of solutions.

 

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became blatantly obvious that the resilience    of conservation was compromised when we relied on a single activity, such as tourism to drive economic benefits for communities and governments.” [Joss Kent, andBeyond Executive Chairman & CEO]

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In her compelling TED talk ‘The danger of a single story’, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie, explores the limited preconceptions that are shaped by a ‘single story’, and the balanced perspective offered by ‘multi-stories’ that embrace different schools of thought. This holistic approach defines the authenticity of the curated content for this hosted and facilitated Masterclass. Robust discussions and healthy debate are invited, as the five topics related to Africa’s Wildlife Economy are considered in all their complexity: Eotourism; Hunting & Fishing; Carbon Market; Forest Products and Wildlife Ranching.
This WILDeconomy Masterclass itinerary, in partnership with African Leadership University (ALU), includes a donation of USD 150 per person to the ALU Internship Fund. Learning by doing: alongside their academic studies, ALU graduates will have completed the equivalent of a full year of hands-on work experience through a programme of internships. ALU aims to develop three million ethical and entrepreneurial leaders, for Africa and the world, by 2035. And their School of Wildlife Conservation is key to exposing as many of these young leaders as possible to the conservation potential of the African continent.
The interrogative and interactive learning framework of the WILDeconomy Masterclass small-group journey is drawn from the body of research led by the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation. This includes: ‘State of the Wildlife Economy’ (in Africa), ‘Roadmap for Africa’s Wildlife Economy’, and the development of a ‘Wildlife Economy Investment Index’. The power of this Masterclass is not only in the group alchemy of different perspectives, enquiring minds, and passionate engagement; it is also in the wholehearted understanding and new insights that each participant takes away; each a thought ambassador for the promise of African solutions for Africa’s wildlife economy.
In exploring the potential of Africa’s wildlife economy through this Masterclass, the integral role of collaborations and partnerships will be clearly evident. In essence, unlocking the potential of Africa’s wildlife economy will depend upon a matrix of multi-sectoral support that includes government (national and local), investors, Public Private Partnerships, NGOs, and the crucial participation of those community stakeholders neighbouring these protected areas. A successful wildlife economy will result in fauna, flora and their natural habitat being seen as key strategic assets; not only encouraging financial investment, but critical support to protect and grow this invaluable asset base.
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Pricing Details

 $14,225 

$14225 per person
in high season

in high season

 $14,225 

$14225 per person
in low season

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