Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson

Writer || Impact Consultant 

"Stories constitute the single most

powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”


Dr. Howard Gardner

Professor, Harvard University



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Born and raised in New York, Meredith started her career at Time, Inc. packaging stories from the company’s flagship titles for use by television news affiliates, before leaving for South Africa where she worked as a financial reporter for Business Day in Johannesburg.


True to her lifelong interest in conservation, she soon began filing feature stories about the environment, and over the years has become known for her in-depth knowledge of and reporting on issues associated with conservation, wildlife and sustainable rural development.


In addition to continuing to write freelance, Meredith has served in both executive and non-executive capacities, helping both businesses and non-profits tell their stories and raise awareness and funding. Her expertise covering business, combined with extensive knowledge of political and regulatory environments across the African continent, eventually led to her recruitment to head up the Africa team at Aldwych Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on Latin America and Africa.


In 2021, she became a venture partner at Constant Ventures, an African-founded, African-led VC fund, strategically focused on catalysing growth in Africa's biggest economy. As the only Africa-focused VC fund with an in-house venture studio, Constant Ventures builds and invests in companies that address real needs, modelled on businesses that have proved successful in other geographies, refined and optimised for Africa.  

Meredith's work has been published in the Financial Times, The Telegraph, VOGUE, Porter, Stella, Horizon (with the Wall Street Journal), SNOW (writer and editor-in-chief), Good Housekeeping, and The Lady, among others. She has also written for both documentary and feature film.


Meredith holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Graduate Diploma in Modern Art Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is a Board Director of Halo Invest and Halo Microfinance Bank (Nigeria), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, serves on the advisory board of Big Life Foundation, and is a Trustee of ERuDeF (Cameroon). ​

"Effective stories are powerful because they drive action: 
spurring donations, mobilizing supporters and more."
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Social Impact Storytelling 



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EPI Activation, Hong Kong 

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Crisis Group panel, Council on Foreign Relations


Tusk Trust 25th Anniversary


Kiang West National Park, The Gambia


Big Life Foundation, Kenya


US-Islamic World Forum, Doha


Studio189, Africa House

UN General Assembly 2018


Woburn Safari Park


Tusk USA launch


On assignment for SNOW, Portes du Soleil


Africa House

UN General Assembly 2018

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"If history were told in the form of stories,

it would never be forgotten."


Rudyard Kipling


“Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. 

Trust drives revenue.”

Andrew M. David, Brandscaping

Unleashing the Power of Partnerships



A professional writer and expereinced communications professional, Meredith consistently and creatively         aligns her talents for storytelling and strategic business development to support institutional growth.

"Meredith has a well-deserved reputation for consistently and successfully raising awareness and financial support for initiatives, most notably those that support conservation and sustainable development. She is highly regarded for her extensive domain knowledge and high-level contacts, as well as for producing effective results."

John E. Scanlon AM

Special Envoy, African Parks Network

Former Secretary General CITES

“As Vice Chairman of the Board of the Museum for African Art, now known as The Africa Center, I had the opportunity to work closely with Meredith. From the first meeting when she was introduced to the Board, to the myriad experiences I had both in group and in one-on–one situations, I’ve been keenly aware of her professionalism, and her incredible knowledge and experience in fundraising philosophy and execution. Meredith is extremely articulate, and very comfortable and personable in an array of activities in which she’s been involved. Moreover, she’s an exceptionally hard working person.”


Jane Frank Katcher, MD  

"I've had the pleasure of working with Meredith through Big Life Foundation since early 2015. She has the rare ability to step back and see the big picture while also zeroing in on the most minute details. Meredith is a strategic thinker who operates with consummate discretion and professionalism, but is also very warm and accessible, with a genuine passion for and thorough understanding of conservation and sustainable development."


Kim McCoy J.D.

Executive Director, Big Life Foundation

"Meredith is a passionate, driven and well-respected advocate of conservation and sustainable development. Having managed her as a Development Executive and writer on a pilot for Discovery International, I know her to be exacting in her research, with strong writing as well as analytical skills and the ability to meet tough deadlines. I trust her professional judgement and highly recommend her."

Nicholas Claxton

Partner, WOW Media Communications Group

"Meredith is a skilled and resourceful business development professional. She possesses an enviable network of top flight influencers within business and government agencies to which she has ready access. And routinely provides valuable insights to strategy for effective project execution." 

Kamar Abass

Chief Executive Officer, Afrimax Ltd

“Meredith’s love for the alpine world, combined with her expertise in the business of luxury, background in conservation, and passion for the environment brought a lot to SNOW magazine. Having worked with Meredith for years as a writer, I have tremendous confidence in her ability.”

Barbara Sanders

Publisher, SNOW Magazine