board and advisors
Africa ASAP was created in 2013 by a small group of people passionate about protecting biodiversity in the most endangered places on earth.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Harry “Skipper” Darlington IV
Founder, Executive Director
Former President and Chairman of National Geographic; recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom
Ken Beeks U.S. Navy (ret.)
Chief Technology Officer
Flag Secretary to the Commander of the Sixth Fleet; U.S. Navy, Chief Rotary Wing Test Pilot, Pax River (helicopters/jets/airships)
Conservationist/Emerging Market Entrepreneur
Founder, Development Communications
Founder of the African Development Group; author of The African Safari: The Ultimate Wildlife and Photography Adventure
Gettysburg, Gods & Generals, Copperhead
Host of The Bill Walton Show, Managing Partner of Rappahannock Ventures, LLC and public policy entrepreneur
Program Development Consultant and Regional Chair for North America, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. Has 35 years experience of experience in environment and development policy and program development spanning more than 40 countries. He has addressed the UN General Assembly twice on biodiversity and conflict.
Designer and builder of airships/aerostats deployed in forty-eight countries; first to cross Atlantic and Pacific oceans by hot air balloon; builder of parachute for the Mars Lander; recipient of the most prestigious flying award, the Harmon Trophy
Founder, Executive Director SOS, Special Operations Solutions, a company that provides turn-key airborne reconnaissance services for complex, mission critical customers, including the U.S. government
Partner at Dechart LLP, a global law firm with over a thousand lawyers in twenty-six offices across twelve countries.
Bryant Foundation | The Elephant Sanctuary | Amazon Web Services | The Helen Clay Frick Foundation |
FLIR | Outsider Labs | Vanguard Charitable
Michael Rowand, Director of Development
Mike Wicklein, Video and Film Editor