Praveen Moman

Founder and Managing Director

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Praveen Moman had the good fortune to be born in Uganda, at the heart of the African continent, in an extended family that was part of the pioneering and adventuring Asian community that was the forefront of opening up East and Central Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He grew up on safari under the big African sky before the winds of change brought his family to Britain when he was a teenager. After a career as a political and policy adviser in the British Government and the European Union, he returned to his African roots by co-founding Volcanoes Safaris in 1997 with Yusuf Mulima Mubiru.

Under his guiding vision, Volcanoes Safaris has been at the forefront of reviving tourism in Uganda and Rwanda, after the conflict in the region had settled down.Today the company is recognized for the unique great ape eco-tourism model it has created, centred around the threatened gorilla and chimpanzee populations of the western rift valley. Praveen has led the Volcanoes team that created the company’s eco-lodges near the great ape parks. The eco-lodges are sensitive to the post-conflict context, the culture of local communities and the need to use resources in a sustainable way and have empowered local people to manage them. Volcanoes Safaris is the only safari company to be a signatory to the UN Kinshasa Declaration on Saving the Great Apes.

Educated at London and Cambridge University in the UK, Praveen is a trustee of SevaMandir UK, a respected Indian charity working with rural communities in Rajasthan, India and is a former VSO volunteer in Jamaica and a Robert Schuman Scholar. He is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Adventure Travel Trade Association in the USA and Pure Life Experiences and the Bodhi Tree Foundation.

Giulia Marsan

Director

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Giulia was born in Italy and was educated at Oxford University in the UK. She is married to Praveen and they have one son. She has worked as a researcher for different politicians in the European Parliament and the British Parliament including Suni Agnelli, Mechthild von Alemann, Lord Ryder and Baroness Rawlings. She also worked as a journalist for newspapers including the Corriere della Sera and The Art Newspaper, writing on Culture and European Current Affairs. She has been involved in running the Volcanoes London office for ten years and has supported the administration of the Volcanoes BLCF project in Rwanda. Giulia has been the honorary administrator for the Friends of Seva Mandir in the UK (1997-2012), a respected Indian charity working with rural communities in Rajasthan, India and is a Trustee of the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust Uganda as well as UK. Giulia also writes about local Italian history.

Kevin James

Financial Controller

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Kevin was born and grew up in Dorset, England. At 17 he left school and raced for a professional downhill mountain bike team training and racing throughout Europe. After taking a break and travelling in America, Asia and Australia, Kevin returned to the UK and graduated with a finance degree before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2010. He was involved in a short-term assignment for Volcanoes in Kampala in 2010 before working for Ernst and Young in the UK. Kevin now works as the Finance Controller for Volcanoes, based in Kampala and London. Outside of work Kevin enjoys cycling, football and tai chi.

John Ord

Marketing Consultant

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John has been working in the Marketing Department for two years, based in the London office. He studied an Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics as well as a Masters’ Degree in Philosophy, both in London. He has an interest both in travel and the ethics inherent in operating tourism in communities who are not as well off as their visitors. He has joined Volcanoes to gain first-hand practical experience of how tourism can live up to its ethical responsibilities to these people and cultures, as well as to the endangered mountain gorillas.