Meet Our Team

Callum Gerrish

Callum Gerrish

Co-founder | Trustee

Callum, as well as a London-based maritime lawyer and wildlife and travel photographer, is a Co-founder and Trustee of the African Forest Elephant Foundation.

Having been spending time in the bush around southern Africa since he was born, he grew up learning about the vast beauty and importance of the natural world in Africa, and was instilled with a passion and understanding of the necessity of preserving it into the future. 

Having studied law at King’s College London and then obtaining a master’s degree in maritime law at the University of Southampton, he turned his experience toward conservation of the African wildlife he has always loved and photographed. 

In 2016, Callum learned of the forest elephant crisis in Central and West Africa which was going largely unreported in both the conservation sphere and media generally.  Upon realising the catastrophic possibility that forest elephants could be wiped out before the world awoke to their decline, and that no conservation charity existed solely for the protection of forest elephants and their habitat, he decided to take up the fight for their survival and AFEF was born.

Christian Triay

Christian in Ziama

Co-founder | Trustee

Christian is a Co-founder and Trustee of the African Forest Elephant Foundation.

After qualifying as a lawyer in England, Christian worked at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town as their Oiled Wildlife Preparedness and Response Manager. Christian worked with many different stakeholders including government, oil & shipping industries; and other NGOs to develop oiled wildlife preparedness and response capability to secure the conservation of seabirds, including the endangered African penguin.

Christian has also completed various FGASA qualifications including level one; back-up trails, advanced rifle handling, as well as track & sign. He is happiest camping in the bush with his (t)rusty Land Rover.

Currently based in Gibraltar working as a lawyer while continuing to manage the African Forest Elephant Foundation.