"We have to balance what we do for the communities, because if they're not going to benefit from the gorillas from the forest, they have no reason to support it."
- Grew up in Uganda, where the family was part of the pioneering Asian community that was central to opening up East Africa
- Became a political and policy adviser in the EU and British Government, including working in the European Parliament
- Founded Volcanoes Safaris in 1997, which has been at the forefront of reviving gorilla tourism in Uganda and Rwanda
- In 2000, Volcanoes Safaris became the first international safari company to take clients to Rwanda and helped kick-start gorilla tourism after the genocide
- In 2005 the company became a charter signatory to the UN Kinshasa Declaration on Saving the Great Apes, the only safari company to do so
- in 2009, Praveen established the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), a non-profit organisation that aims to create long-term, self-sustaining projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities and promote the conservation of the great apes
- Now there's four luxury lodges near the great ape parks – Virunga, Mount Gahinga, Bwindi and Kyambura. They're sensitive to local culture and aesthetics, the post-conflict context and the need to use resources responsibly
- In March 2017, the Dian Fossey Map Room was opened at Virunga Lodge. It pays tribute to the unique contribution of Dian Fossey and other conservationists
- Local people have been trained and empowered to run and manage the lodges; Volcanoes Safaris employs over a hundred staff in Rwanda and Uganda. Empowering local staff at all levels of management is a key aspect of Volcanoes’ philosophy and is exceptional among leading lodge companies. Staff from the region – Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, and Burundi benefit from Volcanoes’ extensive training programmes and manage guest experiences from beginning to end. 50% staff are female and two of the lodge managers are women.