Winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, President and Co Founder of the Savory Institute. Born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal), Savory pursued an early career as a research biologist in the Game Department in the British Colonial Service of what is today Zambia, and later as a farmer, game rancher, politician and international consultant, based in Zimbabwe. In the 1960s, he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the desertification of the world’s grasslands. This understanding led to thousands of land, livestock and wildlife managers demonstrating consistent results on over 30,000,000 acres across four continents, following the methodology he called Holistic Management.
Savory served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and led the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979, he immigrated to the United States where he co-founded the non-profit, Center for Holistic Management. In 1992 he formed a second non-profit organization near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management (ACHM), donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa.
In 2003, Savory won the Banksia International Award for the person doing the most for the environment on a global scale and in 2010 won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.”