Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Empowers Africa: The Front Lines 2018

Nancy Pearson, Nick Pantano, Kim Charlton, Jorel Roth, Stephanie Wajntraub, and Krista Krieger
by Delia von Neuschatz

On Thursday, April 19 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Explorers Club in New York City, Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation that supports wildlife conservation programs in sub-Saharan Africa, honored two organizations for their extraordinary achievements in fighting wildlife crime.  The occasion was the charity’s annual gala dinner which raised $225,000 for human empowerment and wildlife protection initiatives.  Net proceeds from a fundraising auction featuring safaris from Africa’s top operators including Singita, Natural Selection, Asilia Africa, Time+Tide and Wilderness Safaris will go to support anti-poaching programs, rural feeding projects and income-generating enterprises.

Guests included Kim Charlton and Stephen Meringoff, artist John Banovich, Fred Swaniker of the African Leadership University and the team from Black Bean Productions. Event Chairs included Krista Krieger, Delia von Neuschatz, Nina GriscomBonnie Pfeifer EvansJenny Kennedy, Fraces Schutlz, Chris Mack, Jenny Kennedy, and Aisha Craig. Town & Country magazine was the media sponsor for the event with Klara Glowczewska in attendance. 
Patricia Paula Franklin, Executive Director of Empowers Africa and Krista Krieger, Founder and Board Chair of Empowers Africa
Honorees Krissie Clark, Director of PAMS (Protected Area Management Solutions) Foundation registered in Tanzania and the United States and Andrew Parker, Director of Conservation for African Parks.  Ms. Clark co-founded the PAMS foundation with the late Wayne Lotter, a leading elephant conservationist.  Mr. Parker leads the development of new parks, works with in-country institutional funders, and manages partnerships with national governments.
The evening’s honorees were Krissie Clark, Director of the PAMS Foundation and Andrew Parker, Director of Conservation for African Parks.  Founded in 2009, the PAMS foundation has reduced elephant slaughter in Tanzania — the world’s hotspot for ivory poaching – by half.  The lives of an estimated 320,000 elephants have been saved through intelligence-led policing which has resulted in the confiscation of close to 1,500 firearms, the removal of thousands of snares and the arrest of more than 2,000 poachers and ivory traffickers. 

African Parks takes on the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.  The conservation organization currently manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares in sub-Saharan Africa.  Utilizing a business approach to conserving Africa's wildlife and remaining wild areas, African Parks maintains a focus on the economic development of surrounding communities to ensure the ecological, social and financial long term sustainability of the land under its management.  The NGO’s goal is to manage 20 parks by 2020.  This will be the most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under one management across Africa.
The Explorers Club
Since its inception in 2013, Empowers Africa has supported over 35 organizations in 15 countries, funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage sites; programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development; and programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation.  “Empowers Africa partners with some of the most effective organizations on the ground in Africa whose efforts create lasting and sustainable change,” says Founder and Board Chair, Krista Krieger.  “We focus on projects that are community led, measurable and sustainable.”  For more information and to find out how you can help, click here.
Patricia Glass Jennifer Kennedy, Tara Little and Michelle Wood
Nicci Young Wiese and Richard Wiese
Laura Nicklas and Candice Ku Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Leslie Barrett, Michelle Wood, Ellie Manko,  and Nancy Pearson
James Suter and Oliver Caldow
Frederick Swaniker, Kelly Zyph, John Banovich and Marcia Gordon
Sofia Champalanne, Melissa Oberman, and Michele Herbert Katherine Krieger and Krista Krieger
Paul Ferguson, Catherine Howell, Frances Schultz, and Charles Holmes
Delia and Kevin von Neuschatz Stacey Bronfman and Christine Mack
Jack Gluckman and Simon Gluckman
Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino Danielle and Jeff Hirsch
Jeff and Aisha Craig
Krissie Clark, Klara Glowczewska, Oliver Caldow and Charles Holmes
Jamie Hunter and Charlotte Meringoff
Kim Charlton and Stephen Meringoff
Evalyn Subramaniam and Susan Shin
Photos: Patrick McMullan.