Dr Sue Snyman holds a Master of Business Science and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town. She also completed PhD courses at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, focusing on the socio-economic impact of high-end ecotourism in remote communities living in, or adjacent to, protected areas.
During the course of her research, Sue has conducted over 1,800 community interviews in six southern African countries. Her research and academic publications have helped prove that, when practiced responsibly, ecotourism has had a significant impact on the standard of living of rural people engaged in the industry, as well as on attitudes towards conservation and education.
Sue has held various roles in sustainability, community development and biodiversity conservation throughout Africa and has a rare blend of academic and practical skills.