Paul is a nature business entrepreneur and long-time conservationist. He is also a founder of Wild Connect, a nascent initiative to connect people to nature and help businesses to develop their green credentials.
He has over 20 years’ work experience in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe in conservation strategy, field biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, conservation finance, project and programme management, business financing and management, staff management and mentoring, agribusiness management and social entrepreneurship.
He is a director of several companies working in the sphere of natural resources management and nature-based solutions. He is a former Global Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme, where he held dual roles of setting up and running the donor financed Global Wildlife Programme, in collaboration with counterparts from other UN entities and the World Bank (working to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, from supply through trafficking and through demand), and managing and securing finance for a portfolio of ecosystem and biodiversity conservation initiatives.
He is a member of the WWF UK Programme Committee—providing advice and scrutiny of WWF-UK’s activities, answering to the board. Paul is also a member of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and additionally a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.