ASSET Research team


James Blignaut is an environmental and resource economist with seventeen years of experience. He is a part-time Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, and director of Beatus, ASSET Research, and JAINSA. He specialises in the restoration of natural capital, renewable energy and economic development. Through ASSET and the other companies he aims to make rural development, conservation, and the restoration of natural capital a reality in sub-Saharan Africa.


Martin de Wit is Professor In Environmental Governance at the University of Stellenbosch with research interests in the fields of economics, ethics and the environment.

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James Aronson is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the Restoring Natural Capital Alliance, which works closely with ASSET in Africa. He has participated in and consulted on numerous restoration and rehabilitation
projects and programs in Latin America, Africa, the EU, and the Mediterranean region, and published many books and articles on the science, practice, economics, and policy aspects of ecological restoration and restoring natural capital. Formerly head of the Restoration Ecology Group at the Center of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, Montpellier, France, since October 2016, he is a senior scientist in the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA. He works on conceptual and practical aspects of ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and fragmented
landscapes around the world. He is on the board of directors of the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) and editor of the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration book series published by Island Press in collaboration with SER.


Unboxed Publishing Consultancy provides services in all the aspects of the publishing value-chain. Unboxed partnered with ASSET regarding the general administration of projects, publishing stakeholder and client
communications (such as the annual report and the project reports).

Leandri van der Elst is a copy-editor and full-time member of Unboxed Publishing Consultancy.