OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

As part of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, our lead investigators have led high-level, sensitive investigations into transnational organized crime and terrorism networks across the globe. This includes spearheading significant cases such as the arrests of Viktor Bout, Monzer Al Kassar and Paul LeRoux, some of the world’s most notorious criminal traffickers.

Our investigative team is supported by expert intelligence analysts who play a vital role in piecing together the complex web of criminal supply chains, and training specialists who work with government agencies to build capacity and long-term solutions to wildlife crime.

Lastly, Focused Conservation relies heavily on our ‘in-field advisors.’ While their identities remain confidential, it is only through their dedication and commitment that we are able to bring wildlife traffickers to justice.

As part of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, our lead investigators have led high-level, sensitive investigations into transnational organized crime and terrorism networks across the globe. This includes spearheading significant cases such as the arrests of Viktor Bout, Monzer Al Kassar and Paul LeRoux, some of the world’s most notorious criminal traffickers.

Our investigative team is supported by expert intelligence analysts who play a vital role in piecing together the complex web of criminal supply chains, and training specialists who work with government agencies to build capacity and long-term solutions to wildlife crime.

Lastly, Focused Conservation relies heavily on our ‘in-field advisors.’ While their identities remain confidential, it is only through their dedication and commitment that we are able to bring wildlife traffickers to justice.

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer

WILLIAM BROWN

Chief Financial Officer

ROB PILKINGTON

Director of Tactical Training

RON OBERHELMAN

WILDLIFE CRIME UNIT CONSULTANT

ROBERT ASBURY

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

WILLIAM BROWN

William (Wim) Brown is a recently retired US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent with 26-years of law enforcement experience. He specialized in targeting transnational organized criminal networks involved in drug, weapons, and wildlife trafficking, narco-terrorism, financial crimes, and other illicit activities. These investigations spanned Africa, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the USA. For the last ten years he has established and mentored an elite, vetted unit in East Africa that conducted numerous investigations, one of which dismantled a major international drug and wildlife trafficking network. Wim is an accomplished investigator, small-team leader, and a committed law enforcement officer. As Managing Director of Investigations, he is focused on reducing organized wildlife trafficking.

Chief Financial Officer

ROB PILKINGTON

Rob Pilkington is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with 29 years of experience in senior financial and risk management. After 10 years with Ernst & Young, he joined the South African subsidiary of Diageo PLC, a global leader in beverage alcohol where he gained over 20 years of experience in financial controllership, risk management, and strategy. Specifically, he served as the Finance Director for the listed business in Ghana, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited. During Rob’s many years of working in the African continent, he developed a keen interest in wildlife and now leads Focused Conservation’s financial management team.

Director of Tactical Training

RON OBERHELMAN

With over 20 years of experience, Ron Oberhelman is recently retired from the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is a respected law enforcement firearms and tactical instructors. A leader in the design, development and execution of training programs, he distills complex concepts into easily understood and compelling presentations and drills. As a former Weapons/Communications Sergeant and Sniper in the U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group (Green Berets) who served in Central and South America, Mr. Oberhelman has exceptional interpersonal skills and a leadership approach that emphasizes genuine consideration and respect for his trainees.

WILDLIFE CRIME UNIT CONSULTANT

ROBERT ASBURY

Robert Asbury has 30 years of law enforcement experience working against the nationally highest echelons of criminality. Robert, now retired from the UK National Crime Agency, has operational and strategic experience leading global, innovative investigations, collaborating with partners, sharing intelligence, and achieving results. Robert has experience initiating and managing vetted units in Africa, investigating international drug traffickers, people traffickers, wildlife trafficking, and other organised transnational criminals. Robert is well versed in handling the highest levels of sensitive intelligence and managing complex high-risk international investigations internationally.