ACDG

Climate Smart Sustainable Development

Optimising land use and natural capital value

Our group
Climate Smart Sustainable Development

The African Conservation Development Group (ACDG) is pioneering an evidence-driven approach to delivering sustainable development in tropical forest ecosystems.

We develop large scale sustainable land-use projects that unlock commercial value from an ecosystem while conserving biodiversity and improving local livelihoods. Our projects have a strong focus on avoided carbon emissions and climate change mitigation.

Grande Mayumba

Grande Mayumba, our flagship project, is based in southern Gabon. We hold the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 731,000 hectares.

About the project
Gabon

Libreville

Petit Loango Lodge

Grande Mayumba

Atlantic Ocean

Equatorial guinea

Republic of Congo

50 km

Sectors

— Alan Bernstein, chairman and founder of ACDG
"Our team has more than 30 years’ experience in large scale integrated land-use development in Africa. We are deeply committed to delivering socio-economic development while simultaneously avoiding carbon emissions."
— Alan Bernstein, chairman and founder of ACDG

Who we are

Meet the team

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Iftikhar Ali

Joint CEO

Iftikhar Ali is a financial markets professional with over 25 years of experience, during which he has accumulated in-depth knowledge of emerging mark...

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John Dennis

Joint CEO

John Dennis is the joint CEO of the African Conservation Development Group and Managing Partner at Hambleden Capital, specialising in direct investmen...

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Kevin Leo-Smith

Director

Kevin Leo-Smith has extensive experience in developing and growing conservation-based tourism projects. In the late 1980s, he developed the idea behin...

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Pierre Blondel

Managing Director, Gabon

Pierre Blondel is responsible for managing the development of the Grande Mayumba project. Pierre has extensive experience in Gabon’s forestry and timb...

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Alan Bernstein

Founder and Executive Chairman

Alan Bernstein is a pioneer of conservation-led development, having founded, invested in and successfully scaled a series of award-winning sustainable...

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Don Millar

Chief Financial Officer

Don Millar is an experienced corporate finance professional, having worked on financial advisory mandates across Africa across a wide range of industr...

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Dr. Rob Morley

Science and Environmental Planning Director

Dr. Rob Morley has extensive experience in conservation and landscape ecology. He has worked across Africa, most notably in Southern Africa, for the p...

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Josh Ponte

Creative Director

In 2001, Josh Ponte swapped a corporate career in the UK for a rainforest in Gabon to take care of 16 gorillas. While there, he helped a group of scie...

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Jane Edge

Communications Director

Jane Edge has a background in environmental journalism and has spent 30 years as a marketing and communications executive in the wildlife conservation...

People Planet Prosperity

People Planet Prosperity

Our approach
People Planet Prosperity

4,000

local jobs created over the next 10 years

234,000 ha

comprising diverse ecosystems conserved in perpetuity

People Planet Prosperity
Landscapes

Grande Mayumba

We hold the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 731,000 hectares for commercial agriculture...

Grande Mayumba
Grande Mayumba