Dr Morné du Plessis
TOPIC: We are all connected
Dr Morné du Plessis is the Chief Executive Officer of WWF South Africa, a national office of one of the world’s largest and most respected independent environmental and conservation organisations. He was appointed to the position in 2007.
Du Plessis has an impressive list of academic achievements: BSc (Agric) from Stellenbosch University; BSc (Hons) from the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria; PhD from the University of Cape Town; post-doctoral research at Berkeley in the USA, and an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business.
He has presented keynote lectures and scientific presentations at a wide range of local and international conferences. He has also served on a large number of committees and boards of conservation NGOs, government funding allocation committees and academic institutions, authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications in the fields of conservation biology and behavioural ecology, and published two books. For his research excellence, he was awarded the National Research Foundation’s President’s Award. In 2000, he was listed among the Mail & Guardian’s “Most Promising 100 Young South Africans in the New Millennium”.
As CEO of WWF South Africa, he has epitomised the organisation’s ethos of living in harmony with nature and inspiring all people to do the same.