Kevin Leo-Smith has extensive experience in developing and growing conservation-based tourism projects. In the late 1980s, he developed the idea behind Phinda Game Reserve, achieving the then biggest private conversion of land use from agriculture to conservation in South Africa, and formed its parent company Conservation Corporation Africa with Alan Bernstein and others, where he was responsible for development and operations until 1996.
In 1997, Kevin established Kwando Safaris from scratch with a partner, constructing 5 luxury camps in Botswana’s Okavango region on over 400,000 hectares of private concession.
In 2006, he co-founded SFM Africa with Alan Bernstein, creating and operating projects in Gabon, Guinea and Rwanda. Most of the projects had a safari tourism component as well as forestry and agriculture. He is the co-founder and partner of Safari Investments Advisory and a non-executive director of immedia, a South African cloud-computing platform.