Chris de Bruno Austin
is globally recongnized as a forest and wild fire specialist. He is MD of WoF International and CEO of the Kishugu Group of Companies. Chris was responsible for the successful implementation of the South African Government’s Working on Fire Programme. This resulted in the Programme being internationally recognized as the benchmark for rural job creation. The Kishugu Group currently employs, amongst others, over 6,200 fire fighters in south Africa and approximately 1,200 fire fighters in Chile.
He was instrumental in the planning and development of various international projects, e.g. the first climate change project for Peace Parks Foundation in Western Zambia, developing the forestry skills of thousands of small-scale farmers in Africa, developing vegetation management prescriptions for various National Parks in India and growing the integrated fire management business in the plantation forests of Latin America.
Chris is the author and co-author of numerous technical papers and fire management plans including Ngorongoro, Serengeti and the Okavango Delta and was involved for many years with the SavFIRE research project in the Kruger National Park.