CEO: Endangered Wildlife Trust
Yolan Friedmann is the CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, one of the largest conservation NGOs in southern Africa and an organisation in which she has been involved in since 1995.
Yolan is involved in many levels of conservation leadership and development, and chaired the IUCN South African National Member’s Committee and the Regional Advisory Committee of the IUCN’s Regional Office for Southern Africa for two terms. She was the first South African to serve as a Regional Councillor on the IUCN Council and co-chaired the IUCN’s Constituency Committee for a term of four years. She is an Advisory Board member of the Ford Wildlife Foundation and an Advisory Committee member of the South African chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. Yolan is currently serving her second term as a Board member and director of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa and was a member of the Committee of Inquiry tasked with investigating the possibility of a trade in rhino horn, reporting to the Minister of Environmental Affairs. Yolan has served on numerous judging panels including the panel of judges for the Green Trust Awards, the SEIFSA awards and the Ecologic Awards, for many terms.
Her achievements as an environmentalist have been acknowledged, and since 2011 she has won the SAB Nick Steele Environmentalist of the Year award, the CEO Most Influential Woman in Business and Environment award in the Environmental category and the Green Globe award.