2015 Judges

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Rest Kanju

Rest Kanju; is trained in social and environmental science and holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Environmental and Geographical Science and Industrial Sociology (Labour Relations) from the University of Cape Town. He also has postgraduate certificates in Environmental Law, Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Environmental Management and Resource Economics. He is currently registered with the Wits University as a Masters Candidate in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. Rest‘s last full time job was with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) where he was responsible for the management and coordination of a national tourism enterprise support project in South Africa (SCORE). He is now the Chief Executive Officer for the Responsible Tourism Foundation (RT Foundation), an organization he established with its focus being in the facilitation of linkages between established tourism operations and communities living adjacent to them through their supply chain and in line with the national responsible tourism standards of the National Department of Tourism in South Africa. He also until recently served as a National Director of A ROCHA South Africa, a conservation organisation based in Pretoria. Recently, Rest has been appointed as a Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’ Supporting Enterprises for Sustainable Development (SEED) Project. His role is, among others, coordination of the SEED Project activities, Research Assistance, Training of Trainers for Business Development Services for various support work to SEED Project beneficiaries and enterprises. He was responsible for organizing and coordinating the SEED International Symposium that was held in South Africa in May 2015. His professional work experiences include, among others; having worked as a Senior Programme Officer for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is also the founder of an Environmental Awareness and community development NGO, BUSH Resources based with the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve. Rest has a 16 years successful professional career and has worked for various companies and organizations including Dow Chemicals (Senalala Estate, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve), ResourceAfrica, Limpopo Provincial Government, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Norwegian Church Aid. His professional work brings together a combination of community, private sector and philanthropic experiences. Rest has vast knowledge and experience of community development and empowerment processes in the field of Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) and has passion for community empowerment through innovative people and parks models drawn from various parts of Southern Africa. Finally, Rest has professional affiliations with various conservation and development bodies such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust (Trustee) and the Regional Programme for the Management of Sustainability (Faculty Member).