Andrew Zaloumis is CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority. Under his leadership, the 330,000-hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which includes 9% of South Africa’s coastline, was proclaimed and listed as South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. His work has resulted in the economic turnaround of the park with meaningful empowerment and benefits to local communities and more sustainable conservation practices. He previously conceptualized and managed the development the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, a regional development corridor involving South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Andrew’s roots are in human rights-based development. He has lived and worked for over 20 years in poverty stricken rural areas with high conservation value. He is keenly interested in indigenous knowledge systems related to the environment and wilderness. Through his extensive role in conservation and sustainable development, Andrew Zaloumi’s was awarded the WWF SA Living Planet Award in 2015. He holds degrees in economics and town and regional planning. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.