Statement of foundation
Wild@Life e.V. – Founder
Aslihan is the Founding Chairman of Wild@Life e.V. , a German incorporated NGO working in Africa on Biodiversity, climate, agriculture and wildlife conservation. Wild@Life conducts anti poaching, human wildlife onflict mitigation, law enforcement, education and direct action on wildlife rescue. One of the NGO’s goal is to stop bush-meat and wet markets where most pandemics are originating from, while preserving Biodiversity.
"We need scaled up investment in nature conservation from across all sectors, with the return on investment being measured as biodiversity, climate, development, health & security benefits, along with a financial return. We need a heavy lift from all sectors to get us through the tough few years, to make sure we maintain the extraordinary natural assets that underpin human health, security and prosperity" says Aslihan. Passionate about Sustainable Finance, Green Bond, way before it was designed, Aslihan dedicated her professional career to ESG, Sustainable Finance and Green Bonds. She is in major Senior Executive roles to facilitate Scaling Sustainable Infrastructure Finance.
In order to fully appreciate and understand the Foundation’s objectives, it is necessary to first understand the woman behind the foundation. Aslihan Gedik is by profession an Investment Banker. Her second life – the one that matters for the future of Africa’s wildlife species and the continent’s natural ecosystem – is what forms the basis of Wild@Life e.V. and her own life. An avid animal activist, Gedik has made it her life’s mission to protect the rights of abused, orphaned and endangered animal species. Local partner with African Lion Research Trust on preservation work to rehabilitate the king of beasts to supporting the efforts of the Orangutan program in Indonesia, as well as protecting elephants and a broad range of primates in Africa and going to the World's most dangerous war places like Syria to extract abandoned zoo animals, Gedik’s goal is to reinstate the importance of animal wildlife conservation and Biodiversity preservation. She has also demonstrated an exceptionally rare and unique ability to interact with wildlife, which has been captured and widely promoted by important media channels as well as Turkish Airlines.
Principally, Wild@Life is leveraging Gedik’s unique relationship with wild animals. As such, the Foundation brings a helping hand and rescues the wildlife population in dire need. Under the care of the Wild@Life’s rehabilitation platforms, rescued animals are being released to national parks, secured game reserves, or designated sanctuaries, once they are ready to be integrated. The animals do remain as the Foundation’s rescues and Wild@Life e.V. is responsible for ensuring that these animals are well cared for during their natural lifespan. Wild@Life e.V. is also rescuing animals from war zones, like Syria, where the NGO saved 13 wild animals, where no other NGO even dared to enter.
Aslihan Gedik’s contribution to Animal Kingdom can be outlined as follow:
- Wild@Life e.V. – Founder
- African Lion environmental Research Trust
- Wildlife Action Group – Partner
- Primate Freedom Project – Board Member
- Gatewaytohell – Founder
- Orangutan Outreach – European Representative
- Anti Vivisection Platform – Founding Member
Aslihan Gedik’s Professional Life can be outlined as follow:
- Global Head of Buy-Side and Sustainable Finance at European Primary Placement Facility (eppf) S.A
- Oyak Anker Bank GmbH – Former Deputy General Manager
- Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum – Council Member
- British Chamber Of Commerce Germany Rhein Main Region – Board Member
-The Convergence of Nations Book – Chapter Writer (African Foundations) - Link
- Speaker at professional Events