EJ Dirks

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Personal details

First Name
Erik Jan
Last Name
Date of birth
+27 71 7839026
South Africa
97 Loader Street, 8001, Cape Town
Areas of Expertise
Legal and Governance
Languages of work
Dutch, English
Profile summary

With over 9 years of experience as commercial lawyer and in-house legal counsel, I have a broad experience in advising on commercial, corporate and finance transactions. Since moving from Amsterdam (NL) to Cape Town (SA) 3,5 years ago, I have been working in the tourism industry; combining legal consultancy with setting up partnerships with non-tourism organisations for a leading East African safari company, Asilia Africa. Passionate about protecting Africa’s natural beauty, I have been involved in Asilia’s positive impact commitments (e.g. setting up charities and fundraising activities) and founded my own company, Lead by Nature (, that provides leadership experiences originated in nature while contributing to conservation.

I’m seeking new opportunities where my legal expertise and industry knowledge can be used to their full extent, particularly where there’s a link and benefit for wildlife conservation and positive impact. I offer a strong set of skills and balanced view on opportunities and risks to organizations that are looking for sound, practically workable solutions and legal frameworks. While focussing on the broader perspective, I have a strong eye for detail; I am accustomed to deliver high quality results in a demanding environment.

Living abroad and being used to working in an international setting with people of various cultural backgrounds, I developed solid social, interpersonal and management skills and learned how to deal with the challenges one encounters in an African environment. My move to and travels in Africa have only confirmed my passion for this continent and its natural beauty. I am dedicated to make a positive contribution to its people and nature in an economically sustainable manner.


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