Kevin Leo-Smith has extensive experience in developing 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.
He co-founded Phinda’s parent company Conservation Corporation Africa with Alan Bernstein and others and was responsible for development and operations until 1996. In 1997, Kevin established Kwando Safaris 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, developing projects in Gabon, Guinea and Rwanda with a focus on safari tourism, forestry and agriculture. He is the co-founder of Safari Investments Advisory and a non-executive director of immedia, a South African cloud-computing platform.