Barbara de Waard
Whilst living in Malaysia, Barbara got involved in conservation efforts to save the highly endangered Malayan Tiger and decided to dedicate her career to saving endangered species and their habitats. Combining her extensive experience and skills as a Marketing Communications Professional with her passion for wildlife, she embarked on a Masters Research project “Re-inventing Capitalism to save the Tiger”. Since then, she has provided consultancy to local and international conservation NGOs on Strategic Marketing and NGO-Business collaboration. This ground-breaking work resulted in the creation of BiodiversityBusiness, a social enterprise dedicated to Creating Shared Value through Conservation Travel and Supply Chain Transformation.
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Trained as an environmental scientist at Plymouth University, Daniel had a lifechanging experience on a field trip to Malaysia and decided to set up his own ecotourism company, Ecoteer, in 2005. His goal is to inspire as many people as possible to make small changes in their lives to help reduce our impact on the planet. Ecoteer has developed several inspiring and impactful conservation and community projects, including the popular ‘Ecoteer House’ on Perhentian Island. Based on the success of the volunteering, Daniel started Ecoteer Responsible Travel to offer tourism experiences to support his project sites in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Growing up in urban Kuala Lumpur, Fareea‘s passion for nature and wildlife has been evident from a very young age influenced by her father. After dabbling in the corporate sector for a few years, Fareea co-founded APE Malaysia, one of the country’s first social enterprises to dedicate people, funds and efforts to managing volunteers in support of environmental conservation and wildlife welfare projects. The diverse APE Malaysia team has been working continuously with local communities, both on in-situ and ex-situ project sites, building capacity for conservation and making an impact through highly focused wildlife welfare improvement activities.