The Team 

Executive Officers

Peter Borchert – Editor-in-Chief

Peter is an independent commentator, publisher, conservationist and lifetime protagonist for the value of Africa’s wild places and cultural heritage. He won high regard for his vision, probing editorials and as a commentator on and about Africa.

His media and publishing career spans some 45 years, first as managing director of the general book division of Cape Town-based Struik Publishers, now an imprint of the Random House / Penguin group, and from 1992 – 2013 as the founder and publisher of Africa Geographic magazine. Today, Peter’s commitment to Africa, its wildlife and people, remains integral to his life, now finding expression in his association with the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation and his website Untold Africa.

In addition to furthering the aims of the Foundation in general, Peter will apply his considerable experience in print and digital publishing to the development and content of the Foundation’s Wildlife Review initiative. He is also an experienced public speaker. On most days, when not glued to his laptop, Peter can be found walking his dog, Luna, on Rondebosch Common against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

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Simon Borchert – Director of Operations & Programs

Cape Town born and bred, Simon is a socially and environmentally-minded brand and business strategist with an insatiable desire for outdoor adventure and a deep passion for protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild places.  He is a keen yachtsman and has a special concern for the well being of our oceans.

With more than 18 years of business and consulting experience, Simon has successfully delivered strategies to some of the biggest brands and agencies in South Africa, including Media 24, Distell, SAB, Maserati, Momentum, Ogilvy and FCB to name a few. He has also delivered strategies for Africa Geographic magazine, WWF South Africa, Ogilvy Earth, Desmond Tutu’s African Leadership Institute, the Volvo Ocean Summit and others in the conservation and NGO space. Simon is also an award winner in magazine publishing and was a co-founder of the groundbreaking Brand magazine.

Simon spearheads the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation and will oversee all operational matters, including fundraising, technology, brand development, marketing and production.

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Shannon Elizabeth – Director of Media

Shannon was born in Texas where she grew up before eventually moving to Los Angeles, California to establish her successful acting career.  She has starred in over 50 films and television shows, including the global hits American Pie and Scary Movie.

Shannon has a deep and abiding respect for all life and is a staunch protagonist of a vegan lifestyle. In 2001, she began to follow her true life’s passion of saving animals by launching her non-profit, Animal Avengers, first as a dog and cat rescue operation and then with the broader remit of wildlife conservation.  Shannon continues her acting career, but her primary focus has become helping wild animals in Africa and elsewhere by whatever means necessary. In order to be hands on with her projects and to expand their scope and influence, Shannon moved to Africa in 2016 and now lives in Cape Town.

The media development of the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation, especially the creating, production and editing of video content, will be a major aspect of Shannon’s ongoing work. In addition, Shannon continues to travel for acting and public appearances, speaking engagements and whenever needed to help animals in the hope of making the world an even better place.