Born and raised in Zimbabwe with a farming and hunting background, Peter brings a lifetime of knowledge, experience and a deep-rooted passion for the Southern-African bushveld, her people and the animals which roam her lands, into the heart of the business.
Peter is educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa and double-Chartered in the United Kingdom. With a professional career in property development and construction, which has fostered a keen interest in interior design and decoration, together with a desire to create unique experiences, exciting spaces, inspiring pieces and a strong sense of giving back to his homeland, the Zimbela concept came alive.
Peter also brings to Zimbela over 35 years of hunting experience including both a large variety of plains as well as dangerous game.
Alongside Peter, as he keeps Zimbela’s vision firmly fixed, stakeholders and partners fully empowered and leads the growth of the business, are these awesome people.
Founder & Managing Director
Peter de Villiers
Born in Belarus, Olia speaks five languages and is professionally qualified in English Philology and Special Education, holding bachelors and masters degrees respectively. Her natural warmth, empathy and desire to help and find solutions, makes for an ideal skill set in client care and relationship building.
Olia takes care of relations with our existing clients as well as provides executive support to the business. Olia’s home country contributes to the second half of our company name; “Zimbela” deriving from Zimbabwe and Belarus, positively reinforcing that “home” really is at the very heart of this business.
Relationships Director (Client Care)
Born in Belgium, Ben is a highly qualified and industry-recognised leader and key note speaker in the complex field of market research, analysis and solution creation.
Coupled with his tried and tested entrepreneurial talents and boundless energy and drive, Ben helps to chart Zimbela’s strategic path while keeping our marketing and operational activities focused on our core values and our brand identity.
Ben also effortlessly manages our supply chains and takes care of any logistics requirements that arise.