Sydney Opera House
26 April 2014
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T hirty-three year old Damien Mander served as a special operations sniper and clearance diver for Australia. Whilst deployed in Iraq he project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following three years on the frontline of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the world's wildlife is dealing with. Liquidating all personal assets acquired from 12 tours of duty, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The organisation focuses on ranger training, operations and integrating modern technology into conservation.

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sandra walters ~ 11 | Jun | 2013 1:20 PM

This was the most moving talk of the day for me and I too felt uncomfortable.

Megan McLaren ~ 21 | May | 2013 10:50 PM

This was one of the best talks at TEDxSydney.Damien made me feel uncomfortable at times, and sometimes this is a good thing.

David Gordon ~ 17 | May | 2013 8:58 PM

One of the best talks I have seen through the TED series... & fortunate to have been in the audience when Damien delivered this powerful speech...!