Martin Bornman Director

Martin Bornman

I ensure each and every volunteer is met when they arrive in South Africa and will be introduced to our beautiful country and the fantastic experience they are about to undertake.

I was born and have lived my whole life in South Africa. I started my career in conservation by doing a volunteer placement on a small island in the Indian Ocean. I was so taken with what I had experienced there that I decided to follow a career in conservation. I enrolled to do a three-year course in Conservation at Tshwane University in South Africa. After completion, I worked in the field for eight years, during which time I was privileged to work in some of the wildest areas in southern Africa. During this time I started a degree majoring in Psychology. I met the founder of ACE, Rob Harris, in 2000. After being ignited by his ideas I founded the Garonga ACE project, which I personally coordinated for three years. Since 2003 I have been employed by ACE, first as the Operations and Programs Manager in southern Africa, and now Director. I live on a small farm to the west of Johannesburg where I pursue my personal interests in horse training and organic small-scale farming.