Executive Committee

Founding members

Mr Charles Loots

Mr Charles Loots

Mr. Loots has more than 16 years of experience in the mining industry, with a focus on roles of Community and Environmental Management as well as Public Governance.

Mr. Loots holds an BEcon (Economics), MSc in Ecological Economics (Resource Economics) and an MBA in Strategy, Business Management.

He is currently employed at B2Gold Namibia as General Manager and Director.

Dr Chris Brown

Dr Chris Brown

Dr Chris Brown, ecologist, and environmental scientist, has over thirty-five years’ practical experience in environmental management and administration, strategic planning and development, project and programme design and coordination. Previously he was Head of the Namibia Directorate of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and played a key role in drafting the environmental clauses in the Namibian Constitution. He was the Executive Director of the Namibia Nature Foundation for 12 years. He serves on several boards including that of Namibia’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council.

Dr Brown holds a PhD Zoology (Conservation biology), BSc Hons degree (Zoology) and a BSc degree (Zoology, Entomology, Biochemistry).

He is currently the CEO of The Namibian Chamber of Environment.

Ms Frauke Kreitz

Ms Frauke Kreitz

Ms. Kreitz has over eighteen (18) years of experience in the travel and tourism industry and 12 year in Marketing and Advertising.
She respected coordinator of a creative network in the advertising and tourism field.


She is currently the co-chairperson at Namibian Environment & Wildlife Society and the owner at New Media Consult.

 

Members

Steve Galloway

Mr Steve Galloway

Mr. Galloway has more than 30 years working experience in exploration, mining, investments, corporate and project finance, and strategic management and has served on boards of several finance and mining companies. He began his career as a Geologist, working with various Namibian companies, after which he held a number of positions within the Namibian Government and served on several boards as a director in the private sector.

Mr Galloway holds a BSc Hons (Geology), and BCom Hons (Econ).

He is currently the Managing Director of RMB Namibia.

Ms Maxi Louis

Ms Maxi Louis

Ms. Louis has over 20 years’ experience in Namibia’s internationally lauded community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) programme, working with communities, government, and non-government agencies. She was the Director of Namibian’s Community-based Tourism Association where she facilitated the development of community campsites and tourism joint venture initiatives for communal conservancies. She attributes her success to being able to find common ground among the diverse interests of government, industry, and advocacy groups through positive working relationships.

She serves on several boards including Save the Rhino Trust, and is currently the Director of NACSO

Co-opted Members

Dr Malan Lindeque

Dr Malan Lindeque

Dr Lindeque has over 33 years of extensive working knowledge and experience in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, wildlife trade and the sustainable use of wildlife resources, developing and managing protected areas, biological research, and monitoring. He serves on several boards including the Chairperson of Namibia’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council.

Dr Lindeque holds a BSc. (zoology and geology majors) and MSc. (reproductive physiology) in Zoology and obtained his PhD in elephant population ecology.

He is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Dr Morgan Hauptfleisch

Dr Morgan Hauptfleisch

Dr. Hauptfleisch is currently involved in research on the topics of environmental impact assessment, human wildlife conflict, wildlife census and small mammal inventories. Dr Hauptfleisch lectures in Rangeland Management, Wildlife Management, Ecology, and Natural Resource Management. He serves on several boards including the International Association for Impact Assessment.

Dr Hauptfleisch holds a BSc. Honours degree in Ecology and Botany, an MSc. in Plant Ecology and Wildlife Management and a PhD in Environmental Management.

He is senior lecturer and research coordinator at the Namibia University of Science and Technology’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences.

Mr Stephan Bezuidenhout

Mr Stephan Bezuidenhout

Stephan has been part of various project teams for various industries from Oil and Gas to Renewable energy such as Concentrating Solar Plants (CSP). He has successfully driven EIAs and WULs within South Africa, and has been involved in a variety of other assessment projects, audits and reporting standards

Stephan has also completed short courses in Environmental Legislation, Project Management and Sustainability indicators. He has knowledge of the IFCs Performance Standards and the Equator Principles, where he has assisted in the design of audit protocols. He has over 3 years’ hands on experience of working with construction teams to meet all requirements set out in EMPs. He has competency is snake handling and first aid and has recently published an article in the South African Journal of Botany.

Stephan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development and Environmental Management and BSocSci (Hons) in Environmental Management.

He is currently an environmental practitioner at Environmental Compliance Consultancy.