Dr. Ilka Herbinger

Director of Social and Environmental Safeguards

Dr. Ilka Herbinger began her work at the Legacy Landscape Fund on 1 January 2022. She has been working in conservation for almost 20 years, first building up and directing an international NGO for the protection of wild chimpanzees and their tropical rainforest habitat in West Africa. Over the past 10 years she joined WWF Germany as Program lead for Central and West Africa. More recently she has gained extensive expertise in environmental and social safeguarding which she is eager to apply to her work in the Legacy Landscape Fund.

Following studies in anthropology, biology and intercultural didactics, Ilka obtained her PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Leipzig. She is member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission/ Primate Specialist group, has served as board member on several African based conservation trust funds and steering committees and is author of various conservation relevant publications.

“With excitement I join the Legacy Landscape Fund to engage in safeguarding conservation actions within the Legacy Landscape Fund. To reverse the loss of biodiversity, I believe it is crucial to drive best practice conservation together and in line with the aspirations of local key stakeholders.”