Holly Budge

Everest summiteer, First Woman to Skydive Everest, Founder of How Many Elephants NGO & World Female Ranger Week

World-class Adventurer, Everest Summiteer and Mental Toughness Keynote Speaker, Holly Budge, will energise you to think BIG. She will take you on an uplifting, heartfelt, often nail-biting journey, from climbing to the summit of Everest to becoming the first woman to skydive Everest to ambushing poachers on the front line in Africa.

Holly doesn’t stop there. She is passionate about gender equity. Founder of ‘How Many Elephants’ NGO & World Female Ranger Week, Holly has been supporting female wildlife rangers for almost a decade. She’s earned the rare privilege of patrolling on the front line with multiple all-female and mixed ranger teams across Africa. Voted as a globally recognised thought leader in non-profit, in 2022, Holly founded her NGO ‘How Many Elephants’ a decade ago while studying for a Masters in Sustainable Design. Holly founded World Female Ranger Week (June 23-30) to amplify the voices and impact of female wildlife rangers on a global stage. The event attracted over 366 million views in the global media and now has a global focus.

"Thank you for all you are doing to protect the African elephants." Sir David Attenborough

"Holly is down to earth, funny and incredibly inspiring!" HRH Prince Edward

"World Female Ranger Week gives recognition and voice to both the courage and outstanding conservation work undertaken by female rangers. Proof that gender equality knows no bounds. I’m proud to be an Ambassador and help champion these incredible women. Well done, Holly, a huge achievement." Fiona Jeffery OBE. Founder of Just A Drop

“Gender equity in the conservation arena is such an important and prevalent topic. There is still much work to do but World Female Ranger Week plays a key role in raising awareness of the work of female rangers and women in conversation in the broader picture. Thanks to Holly Budge for bringing this to the fore.”​​​​​​​​ Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Conservation Through Public Health.

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