Derek de la Harpe

Executive Director of Wilderness Holdings Limited

Derek de la Harpe has been an Executive Director of the Botswana company Wilderness Holdings Limited since April 2010. He is presently Commercial Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, having previously served as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr de la Harpe is a Chartered Accountant (Zimbabwe) and also holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from UNISA. He has 37 years’ experience in southern and eastern Africa. He spent 18 years with the then Price Waterhouse, the last eight as the partner in charge of the firm’s practice specializing in tourism and environmental consulting. He then served for eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of The Malilangwe Trust, a Zimbabwean NGO working in wildlife conservation and rural development and with a high profile tourism operation. Before joining Wilderness, Mr de la Harpe spent four years as a freelance management consultant in southern and eastern Africa, south-east Asia and central America, specialising in the tourism development and wildlife conservation interface.