Richard Leakey, Renowned Kenyan Paleoanthropologist, Conservationist and Politician to Attend Conservation Lab 2017

Beyond Luxury Media Ltd the organisers of We Are Africa see the succession of their stand-alone Conservation Lab ‘un-conference’ continue to pull in key players, having attained significant growth and reputation following its inaugural event in 2016.

This year, the progressive 2-day ‘un-conference’ heads into its 2nd edition attracting one of the biggest names in conservation, Richard Leakey.

In support of this radical new format, a first of its kind for conservation, the renowned Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician remarks that as a collective, “we need to give up on this territorial imperative of ‘we’ve got our patch and don’t tell us what to do here.’ ”

Leakey advises that “The NGOs, the well-meaning private investors, private supporters, concerns, government institutions, government organisations and official organisations should actually do more talking TO each other rather than AT each other”.

The Conservation Lab ‘un-conference’ brings together the travel industry, conservation sector, government, community and commercial enterprise to a platform that inspires innovation, inspiration and collaboration towards conservation efforts. This year the organisers are growing the event but space is still limited to only a maximum of 150 places are available in total.

Previously the event has attracted key contributors including, Emmanuel De Merode (Virunga National Park), General Johan Joost (SAN Parks), Paula Kuhumbu (Wildlife Direct), Colin Bell (Africa’s Finest), Ian Michler (Conservation Journalist), Derek Joubert (Great Plains Conservation), Adam Weltz (WildAid), Clive Stockil and Garth Owen-Smith (former Tust Conservation Award winners), Hanli Prinsloo (I AM WATER Conservation), Keith Vincent (Wilderness Safaris) to name a few.


The unconference format has origins in the fast-paced technology sector and is particularly effective when the attendees have a high level of expertise or knowledge and are willing to share and collaborate with their peers. Due to the dynamic and flexible format, non-linear thinking, problem-solving and innovation will be generated to the maximum.

The Conservation Lab 2017 will be taking place from 29 April – 1 May 2017 at Spier Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The programme includes progressive elements such as concurrent user-generated sessions, camp fire discussions and morning adventures to name a few and will once again take place on the inspirational grounds of Spier Wine Farm. This year the event will For more information on the programme, location and how to apply for one of the limited participant places, visit