Each endurance event will be undertaken by one of the founding members of W4L.
Nick shares his office with three chickens, and the occasional goat. He was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, where he chaired the local Farmers’ Association and the community’s National Environment Committee, and sat on the boards of several organisations, including an agricultural training institute and a local hospital. He served as Editor of The Farmer magazine was appointed first Regional Executive for the Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe (CFU). On one of the farm roads, Nick used to watch a python sunning itself, and on one occasion discovered twenty-one babies nose to tail behind their mother. Now living in the UK, his company is more domesticated, although his rooster still interrupts Skype calls.
Nick is CEO of Consolidated Africa Services (CAS) UK, which is dedicated to promoting investment into Zimbabwe and the greater SADC region. He loves being in the bush and watching what is going on around him, from the ants beavering away, to the elephants browsing, to all the birds going about their daily chores. He is wondering how we can get people to care enough to make the changes necessary to ensure the survival of the planet and improve our own mental well being.
Ed’s workmates suggested his totem should be an eagle, because of his foresight and ability to see the big picture. “He definitely goes into the sky and needs me to pull him down,” his wife said. His signet ring emblem is the griffin - half eagle, half lion, and Ed likes how these identities meet. He was born in Zimbabwe and educated at two bush schools. In an attempt to refine him, his parents sent him to do A levels at Sherborne School in the UK, where he served in the British army for 10 years. Ed worked mostly in the UK and Middle East, and retired as a Major in the UK Special Forces. Despite what he’s seen Ed is optimistic about the nature of people. He joined the security sector, and worked in Iraq, only later freeing himself up through security consulting to travel the world with his young family. They finally returning to a distressed Zimbabwe on the 1st of January, 2010.
Learning through many trials and tribulations, Ed has built up a platform of small businesses in a tough business environment. The first company he set up was called Scarab, after the dung beetle, because “someone’s got to clean up all the shit of the world.” While his wife says the eagle is fitting, she thinks he’s more of a honeybadger: “intelligent, amazing, grumpy fuckers. Cantankerous aren’t they?”
Munya was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, and started his career as an auditor for an accounting firm in Zimbabwe in 1992. At the time, his clientele encompassed NGO’s, insurance companies, financiers, manufactures, service industrialists, retailers, real estate agencies, legal practitioners, pension funds, medical practitioners and rural district councils.
As a Master of Business Administration graduate, he continues to take on new frontiers in business. His passion for business and creating new start-up projects has seen him progress to other sectors, such as mining and bottling, whilst continuing to develop a multi-sector strategy that will see him taking proofs of concept and Zimbabwean successes into an emerging regional reality over the coming decades.
Security and logistics team
Walking around Lake Kariba is no stroll in the park, with all sorts of dangers to contend with - from wild animals, such as lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile, to name a few and also from armed poachers involved in illegal wildlife trade.
In order to mitigate against those dangers, a special team has been formed, which will provide, on a rotational basis, all the security and support that Nick and his guest walkers will need during the circumnavigation of Lake Kariba.
Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, James is the security and logistics face of W4L. Having attended Ruzawi and Peterhouse schools in Zimbabwe, he did a stint in the British military before settling into a life of providing management, security and logistics services in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
James also has huge experience of Lake Kariba and its surrounding area, having first worked for a large company with operations on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the lake and then spending two years as the Operations Manager for the Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project (MAPP), which he helped to establish, in Matusadona National Park, on the Zimbabwe side of Lake Kariba.