Q&A: The billionaire businessman fighting against the illegal wildlife trade

Dr Harald Link speaks to Abbianca Makoni about his career helping conservation charities tackle the illegal wildlife trade in a Q&A series.

May 25 2021

Harald Link speaking with a ranger/ Harald Link.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Dr Harald Link speaks about his career helping conservation charities tackle the illegal wildlife trade, investing in our charity partner’s co-led campaign and the time his horses were almost killed by a disease derived from trafficked zebras.

For those who aren’t familiar with Dr Link, he is one of Asia’s leading businessmen, worth over $3 billion. His company, “B.Grimm” is involved in clean energy, building and industrial systems, healthcare, transportation, lifestyle, digital technology, and real estate across Southeast Asia.

According to their website, B.Grimm is one of Thailand’s oldest businesses institutions, carrying a 143-year old tradition of “Doing Business with Compassion.”

An unusual corporate chief, Link prefers talking about nature, tigers, and the wildlife trade more than supply chains, profits and losses.

Last year, when the coronavirus pandemic first hit the world, plunging different nations into a series of lockdowns, Dr Link worked with Bangkok-based conservation charity, Freeland, to raise awareness on their co-led campaign “EndPandemics” by sponsoring its media coverage.

Dr Link and B.Grimm are backing that global campaign that takes aim at the root causes of zoonotic outbreaks by protecting and regenerating nature as well as implementing sustainable solutions.

Here he speaks with the Standard in a mini Q&A series

Abbianca: Your company sponsored the EndPandemics campaign spots on CNN, which have had such a wide reach – can you tell me a bit more about that?