Dr. Hector Magome
Hector was South Africa’s first black ecologist when he began working in 1986 at Bophurthatswana Parks. After completing a master’s degree at Witwatersand University and at Colorado State University, he returned to Bophurthatswana and launched an award winning community conservation program – the first of its kind in the country. His Ph.D. in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent, UK, focused on community development and management of protected areas in post-apartheid South Africa. Today, he serves as the Executive Director of Conservation Services at South African National Parks. He is also in charge of SanParks’ Transfrontier Conservation initiatives and is Vice Chair of the World Commission for Protected Areas in Southern Africa. Hector was a key figure in transforming South Africa’s National Parks Act to ensure that local people play a role in park management.