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We are happy to announce an esteemed addition to our established Board of Directors; Mr. Tim Clarke.

Tim Clarke gained a degree in Zoology from Oxford University before specialising in rural development and the use of ‘appropriate technology’, which is a concept developed by F. Schumacher in ‘Small is Beautiful’ (1973).

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He began his journey in the professional field as a Wildlife Campaigner for Friends of the Earth, proceeding into a traineeship in the European Commission, which ultimately led him to a career of 30 years rising to the rank of EC/EU Head of Delegation/Ambassador. He served years in Ethiopia and Tanzania before returning to Brussels.

Mr Clarke describes himself as “a convinced European, with a passion for environmental conservation, for the fight against injustice and inequality, for women’s rights, for the disabled, for mitigation of the impact of climate change, for food security, for the prevention and resolution of conflict, for good governance and democracy-building, and most recently for the right to security and dignity of the most vulnerable.”

He has been retired since October 2013, but has continued to carry out valuable volunteer work for a range of international NGOs and Universities, such as acting as a Chair of the External Advisory Board of Lancaster University's Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Board member of the APOPO Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute Global, Visiting Fellow for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Senior Adviser at WWF, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and Practical Action –to name but a few.

Mr Clarke expresses a keen interest in hiking and wilderness - he has climbed Kilimanjaro three times and visited 130 World Heritage sites, with plans to reach the rest 760 over the coming years…