MAJKA BURHARDT: FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Majka is the Founder and Executive Director of Legado. Majka has spent two plus decades leading multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance spanning Africa, Europe, South and North America. In 2014, she founded Legado to address the growing need to create thriving future solutions that put Indigenous People and local communities at the center of preserving the most threatened and most biodiverse places of the world.
Majka is the author of Vertical Ethiopia and Coffee Story: Ethiopia, and executive producer of films Waypoint Namibia and Namuli. Namuli tells the story of Majka’s climbing and conservation research Mount Namuli, Mozambique’s second highest mountain and a critical target for conservation in southeast Africa– and of the origins of Legado. Her articles have been published throughout the world and her work has been featured in The Economist, Outside Magazine, NPR, and many other media outlets. Her films have been official selections of over 100 international film festivals and across the United States on PBS. She is an American Mountain Guides Association Rock Guide and also former two-term member of the organizations’ Board of Directors. Concurrent with her role as Executive Director, Majka is a professional climber and ambassador with top outdoor company Patagonia. She is a Mulago Foundation Henry Arnhold Fellow for her work in conservation entrepreneurship and an EPIC Emerging Artist Award nominee for her work in film. Majka is an elected official on the School Board in Jackson, New Hampshire and volunteers with the Mountain Rescue Service Climbing Team. She graduated from Princeton University cum laude and received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Read more at: www.majkaburhardt.com.