Our Team

Dedicated to the future of the natural world

Dean Carlisle

Founder & CEO

From the time I was able to put together my own dreams, I knew that wildlife would be involved. Having had the incredible privilege of spending the first few years of my life at Phinda Private Game Reserve, with one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists as my father, I was afforded experiences that most children only read about. While conducting my honours degree in Zoology, I started to realise that my love for wildlife was fostered through first hand experiences and the ability to acquire knowledge about the things that interested me most. Lessons in Conservation was created to share that knowledge, create awareness and facilitate exposure to children from underprivileged communities in the hope that the fire which burns so bright for conservation in us, may be sparked in them too. Contact at dean@lessonsinconservation.com

Eugene Greyling

Managing Director & Western Cape Regional Manager

I have always had a love for all things nature and conservation orientated. I also enjoy seeing people grow and develop as they fulfil their wildest dreams and make the most of every opportunity that life affords them. I first became involved in LiC as the Western Cape Regional Manager. Currently, I am a postgraduate student doing research on leopards of the Cape, and also a volunteer wildland firefighter. Whilst obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University, I came to realise that the ecosystem is far to diverse and complex for any single management approach to be applied across the board and make a significant long-term impact. I believe that the biggest influence we can have is by targeted education in communities where we can plant a seed that will drive local change – tackling problems using locally crafted solutions. Contact at md@lessonsinconservation.com

Alex Goddard

Operational Manager & Director

I am currently studying at the University of Pretoria towards an LLB degree following my graduation with a BCom Law in 2019. I have a strong passion for the environment which has grown from hobbies such as fishing and hiking as well as many Kruger holidays. I aspire to one day work in a career that allows me to combine and explore my passion for people, the environment and the law. It has been quite a journey with LiC thus far and it is something I feel blessed to have played a small part in. I cannot wait for what the next few years have in store for the hardworking LiC family I am lucky enough to be a part of. Contact at operations@lessonsinconservation.com

Stefan Toerien

Financial Manager & Director

I spent most of my childhood touring southern Africa, particularly spending time in the Lowveld and northern Botswana. This cemented my love for conservation and opened my eyes to how crucial it is to protect our natural world. Living in a Big 5 Game Reserve during my high school days, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of LiC and to influence children’s perception about conservation. Contact at finance@lessonsinconservation.com

Joel Boshoff

Gauteng Regional Manager

Growing up in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, I have always had a love for nature and the beauty it holds. I am currently studying an LLB at the University of Pretoria and have ambitions to go into environmental law. It is my passion to conserve our country’s natural heritage, ensuring future generations are also able to enjoy it as much as I have, and do. Contact at rm.gp@lessonsinconservation.com

Robyn De Villiers

Media Manager

Being fortunate enough to join LiC shortly after it began in 2018, I have been able to witness its growth as well as grow with it in learning new skills, teamwork, and only having my love for nature be increased exponentially. I have always been environmentally conscious and sustainably-minded, but LiC taught me this in a new light, encouraging me to activate conservation in all areas of my life. Contact at media@lessonsinconservation.com