Sven qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but his interests have been more focussed around sustainable development issues, the environment and conservation of natural resources. For the past 15 years he has been the Commercial Director of OneWorld Sustainable Investments, where the focus is on sustainable development with the challenges posed by climate change consuming most of the daily activities. He has been involved in the development of sustainability strategies, risk assessments, due diligence and feasibility studies.
He has worked on game farm development projects, conservation projects and has eco-tourism and agribusiness development experience.
His other interests revolve around environmental legislation and specifically as they apply to bio-diversity and animal welfare issues and here he volunteers time in interacting with governmental ministries and agencies in trying to influence various norms and standards as they are developed.
In addition to this he is a director of ‘The Bateleurs – Flying for the environment in Africa’. This is a Non Profit Organisation, founded by his late mother, Nora Kreher, in 1998. Members are primarily pilots who provide their time and aircraft, for free, to give decision makers an aerial perspective of environmental issues.
Sven recently co-founded a business – The Flooring Connection – the primary focus being around the use of recycled tyres in sub-flooring components.