Safaris Inspiring Change

Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund - Board of Directors

JAMES BLEVIN - Chair (BBusAcc, CA)

As a co-founder of Diwa Zambezi James has overseen the establishment of both the Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund and Diwa Zambezi Safaris. He continues to visit the countries of Southern Africa at least once a year and is responsible for fostering Diwa Zambezi’s networks both in Australia and overseas. James is an avid student of Africa’s politics and challenges, and hopes they can be overcome in protecting the continent’s foremost resource: the natural environment.

BRUCE SWAN - Director (BComm, CA)

With over 30 years of experience in professional services spanning Australia and the UK, Bruce provides invaluable contributions in the areas of governance, strategy and structuring. A current BDO partner, Bruce has served on the conservation fund board for more than four years and has a desire to see Diwa Zambezi’s vision of managing a wilderness concession realised.

GUY TAYLOR - Director (BBusMgt, DipFinServ, CFP, JP)

An experienced wealth advisor and current BDO partner, Guy is also well-travelled in Africa. Acutely aware of the difficulties facing wildlife and habitats on the continent, Guy has committed his time as a volunteer director to advocating for sustainable wildlife tourism and fundraising for the Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund.

 

And, the rest of the crew!

SAMMY BLEVIN - Co-founder and Head of Design

Visionary, compositor, master graphic designer. Without Sammy, much of the Diwa Zambezi brand would still be just a dream. It took three long weeks of back and forth between Sammy and James for the 'Diwa kudu' to be perfected. Have another look at it and you'll see what we mean.

BENJI BLEVIN - Director and Fundraising

Mechanical engineer, mediator, master angler. We didn't have to search for long to find a good photo of Benji. This smile pervades everything he does and it goes without saying that you're likely to remember fondly, a tour led by him. Benji is also tiger-fishing mad and will lead our efforts to tag and research tigerfish movement patterns and behaviour in the Middle Zambezi.

NICK BLEVIN - Director and Fundraising

Naturalist, adventurer, master fisherman. The next adventure is always just around the corner for Nick, he thrives on the uncharted and is most at home in the wilderness. Your first conversation with Nick will reveal his passion for Africa's wilds and he can't wait to share them with you.

ANIKA RAYA -  Writer and Volunteer  Anika commenced volunteering with us in 2018 and naturally she has a passion for Africa. As an experienced tourism professional and digital marketing guru, Anika is instrumental in keeping our members and followers up to date with informative articles, website updates and social media interactions.

ANIKA RAYA - Writer and Volunteer

Anika commenced volunteering with us in 2018 and naturally she has a passion for Africa. As an experienced tourism professional and digital marketing guru, Anika is instrumental in keeping our members and followers up to date with informative articles, website updates and social media interactions.

CORY SALMOND -  Director and Wildlife Artist  We consistently say the Diwa Zambezi visuals wouldn’t be what they are without Sammy, but the same is true for Cory. A gifted wildlife artist, Cory embodies the Diwa Zambezi spirit in every way imaginable. He continues to put in the hours at board meetings, fundraiser planning sessions, and of course, drawing some of the wildlife and everyday scenes we love sharing with you.

CORY SALMOND - Director and Wildlife Artist

We consistently say the Diwa Zambezi visuals wouldn’t be what they are without Sammy, but the same is true for Cory. A gifted wildlife artist, Cory embodies the Diwa Zambezi spirit in every way imaginable. He continues to put in the hours at board meetings, fundraiser planning sessions, and of course, drawing some of the wildlife and everyday scenes we love sharing with you.