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.


Harry “Skipper” Darlington IV

Founder, Executive Director


Gil Grosvenor

Senior Advisor

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)

Tedd Determan

Conservationist/Emerging Market Entrepreneur
Founder, Development Communications

Theodore Dovi-Akue


Jay Fetner

Founder of the African Development Group; author of The African Safari: The Ultimate Wildlife and Photography Adventure

Ron Maxwell


Gettysburg, Gods & Generals, Copperhead

Bill Walton

Host of The Bill Walton Show​, Managing Partner of Rappahannock Ventures, LLC and public policy entrepreneur


John Waugh
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.

Per Lindstrand
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

Manan Patel
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

Nazim Zilkha

Legal Counsel
Partner at Dechart LLP, a global law firm with over a thousand lawyers in twenty-six offices across twelve countries.

Astrid Tuuli Grace Determan

Africa ASAP Champion and Spokesperson



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

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