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Damien Mander the
Modern Warrior

About the founder

Damien is an Iraq war veteran who served as a Naval clearance diver and special operations sniper for the Australian Defense Force. In 2009 while travelling through Africa, he was inspired by the work of rangers and the plight of wildlife. Liquidating his life savings, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) was established to be the last line of defence for nature. Over the past decade the IAPF has scaled to train and support rangers which now help protect over 4 million hectares of African wilderness.

In 2017 IAPF founded ‘Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women’, a program that has already grown to over 170 employees, becoming the only group of nature reserves in the world to be protected by women. The goal is to employ 1000 women by 2025, protecting a network of 20 nature reserves, all managed by the IAPF.

Damien is the winner of the 2019 Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal, a prestigious international recognition for services to animals and humanity. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall. He was featured in the newly released James Cameron documentary The Game Changers, and is now releasing another documentary with James Cameron and National Geographic about his work with the women of Akashinga.

The team

IAPF Advisory Committee

Awards

2018

Zimbabwe International Womens's Awards(ZIWA)

Founders Award.
Birmingham, United Kingdom

2018

African Ranger Awards

The Paradise Foundation International. Sichuan, China

2018

Winsom Constant Kindness Gold Medal

Founders Award.
Melbourne, Australia

2019

Tribecca Film Festival - Disruptive Innovators Award

New York City, United States

2019

Gender Champion Award

Dutch Government via the Embassy of the Netherlands Harare, Zimbabwe

2018 Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) - Founders Award. Birmingham, United Kingdom

2018 African Ranger Awards - The Paradise Foundation International. Sichuan, China

2019 Tribecca Film Festival - Disruptive Innovators Award, 2019. New York City

2019 Gender Champion Award - Dutch Government via the Embassy of the Netherlands. Harare, Zimbabwe

Winsom Constant Kindness Gold medal – Damien Mander

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