March 2017 – Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the promotion of Dr Sue Snyman to a new position within the company as Group Sustainability Manager, further emphasising the company’s commitment to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation.
Dr Sue Snyman has spent the last 20 years pursuing a career based on the fundamental principle that tourism and conservation are intertwined, and that together they are greater than the sum of their parts. Her groundbreaking research for her PhD in Resource Economics, where she conducted face-to-face interviews with over 1 700 rural people in six southern African countries, has been published in numerous academic publications. She is the Regional Programme Director for Children in the Wilderness (CITW) and has been Wilderness Safaris’ Group Community Development and Culture Manager for the past eight years.
“Given Sue’s extensive experience in sustainable development and her in-depth knowledge and understanding of our business, she is greatly deserving of this new role to manage our sustainability efforts across the Group. This will include managing all our 4Cs coordinators, developing integrated strategies aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ensuring that we continue to underpin everything in the business with a strong sustainability focus. Sue is deeply respected, both internally and externally, and we are looking forward to having her expertise at the helm”, said Grant Woodrow, Wilderness Safaris COO.
Sue is excited to take on this new challenge, effective 1 March 2017,and to work closely with the company’s experienced sustainability team to build on Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to conservation, community and culture, especially in this the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. “I have many initiatives and ideas planned in terms of research, development, increasing knowledge and raising awareness and am very proud to work for a company that takes sustainability seriously and is committed to making a positive difference to conservation and local communities”, she added.
Sue will continue to serve as Vice Chair and Communities & Heritage Working Group Coordinator for the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPASG); as a Research Fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town; and as Member of the RETOSA Sustainable Tourism Forum Steering Committee. She also remains the Regional Programme Director for Children in the Wilderness.