About us

Hendrik O’Neill

Hendrik O’Neill

Partner

Hendrik O’Neill (59), citizen of Zimbabwe, is a „bioneer“ by profession, specializing in building high performance landscapes. Hendrik currently lives in South Africa. He was educated and seasoned in Zimbabwe with internationally acknowledged, pioneering skills in all aspects of Holistic Management. He has extensive experience and a proven track record in business development and management as well as consulting and logistics. He is currently engaged in multi-species livestock projects ideal for small-scale production. Hendrik is accredited as a strategic partner with S.A. Dept. of Rural Dev. & Land Reform and a long-term practitioner and trustee of the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, affiliated to the Savory Institute, USA. He can draw from a vast local and international network of contacts.

Percy Sharp

Percy Sharp

Partner

Percy Sharp (65), citizen of Zimbabwe, is passionate about holistically managed projects, projects that enhance environmental integrity and mimic natural interactions. Typically these include a financially rewarding enterprise-mix that combines the planned movement of livestock with the production of forage, crops and the production of highly nutritious food. Since 2003 Percy is based in New Zealand from where he runs his Embryo Transplant service. He spends four months per year in Southern Africa supporting our project. He was born and educated in Zimbabwe. After graduating as a veterinarian he worked for two years as a government veterinary officer in Zimbabwe. In 1978 Percy started his own dairy farm operations and private vet practice. Percy is specialised in the science and art of embryo transfer (ET) and in-vitro-fertilization. His aim is to breed new types of dairy cows which are better suited to local conditions than breeds currently used in Southern Africa. Percy’s expertise in this field comes from experience gathered in different African countries as well as in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Early in his career he was exposed to Holistic Management as well as ultra-high density/short duration grazing practices. Percy applied these principles on his own farm and subsequently developed a mobile milking facility. His experience with fermenting milk is integral to our FINAB concept.

Maurice Kraemer

Maurice Kraemer

Partner

Maurice Kraemer (58), Swiss citizen, has a broad range of in-depth experience in financial and company management – small firms to large multinational corporations. He has been positioned in various countries and has worked with different cultures. After graduating with an MBA degree in Financial Accounting at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Maurice served the last 25 years as CFO for different internationally active companies in the industrial and pharmaceutical sector. Maurice visited Australia on several occasions, where he got inspired and energized by the idea of managing holistically. In 2014 he embarked on a large-scale HM project in Queensland and learnt a lot about financial planning and the management of cattle farms. From early 2017 onwards Maurice will partially be in Zambia (Mpanshya, Rufunsa District) for a planned period of at least four years. From there he will continue to contribute his financial expertise to this project.

Chris Henggeler

Chris Henggeler

Partner

Chris Henggeler (59), African-born student of eco-system function cum natural resource manager, citizen of Australia and Switzerland; educated in Southern Africa and Switzerland. He had no farm to return to for political reasons, so he kept going. Travels took him to Australia during the cattle-boom of 1979 where he fell in love with the Australian bush. A short stint of Veterinary-Science at Sydney University convinced him that cities were not the place to be. 1981 he took on employment with Stanbroke Pastoral Company (at Fort Constantine) in central Queensland. From then on his study of how nature functioned was by observation, reading, courses and experimentation. Since late 1991 he and his family have been based on their North-West Australian pastoral lease Kachana. They live in a simple camp exposed to the elements. On a patch of desertifying country, abandoned by its earlier inhabitants and ignored by industry, Chris and his team are in the business of restoring landscape productivity. Over a period of twenty odd years he increasingly became aware that to a great extent the challenges facing agriculture (in the broadest sense) today are human made. He is passionate in his quest to see humans and the animals that they manage become part of the solution. Chris supports our project in the capacity of a consultant.