Chairman, GivenGain Foundation & Group Advisor
Frans is an admitted Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (Cape Province Sector), a diplomat (representing South Africa at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva from 1973 to 1977 – during 1976 as acting ambassador), a businessman (managing director of Stellenbosch Farmers Winery from 1990 to 2000) and keen conservationist, having worked closely with Dr. Anton Rupert for nearly three decades. He was CEO of WWF-SA, a founder member of the Peace Parks Foundation, a founder trustee of the SA National Parks Trust and an international board member of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He served as an advisor to the South African government's INTAC programme (Integrated Nature-Based Tourism and Conservation Project) and of THETA (Tourism, Hospitality, Sport Education and Training Authority), was vice-chairman of the SA Wildlife College and chairman of the SA College for Tourism. He serves on various boards in a non-executive capacity.
Frans is based at our office in Stellenbosch, South Africa.