Stephan Bognar, A Personal Friend, A Personal Hero

20 Aug

Upon meeting my good friend Stephan Bognar, my gut told me this is a man who will change the world & beginning  5 years ago was most definitely changing the philanthropic landscape of Cambodia!  For the last several years Stephan has served as the CEO of the Jolie Pitt Foundation & is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Here is a taste of some of the inspiring work Stephan has done & why I feel so lucky to not only have him as a friend, but also a philanthropic mentor.

Stephan prior to his position with the Jolie Pitt Foundation was a field agent for the San Francisco-based international non-profit wildlife conservation group, WildAid. Bognar spent two months in Baghdad, where he helped with the effort to rescue and rehabilitate the animals at the Baghdad Zoo. When he arrived, only 32 of the 600 animals remained, the rest were stolen or roaming the streets. The ones left at the zoo were suffering from neglect, malnutrition and dehydration. Bognar helped in the efforts to care for the animals, and to find the lost ones. He also was part of several black market sting operations to recover animals. Bognar also took care of Uday Hussein’s private collection of animals which had been abandoned and which included cheetahs, lions and baby lion cubs.

Listen to his NPR interview at: and I hope you are as inspired! 

Stephan Bognar serves as CEO of the Jolie Pitt Foundation in Samlaut, Cambodia

4 Responses to “Stephan Bognar, A Personal Friend, A Personal Hero”

  1. Mark August 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    What a great idea this blog is Scott! I’ll definitely be checking in on a regular basis for my daily dose of philanthropic inspiration!

  2. Janet Duffin Winn August 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I love what you are doing. I would have to say that Scott Lazerson is most definitely is riding high on my list of personal heros! You are incredible Scott. I have yet to be around you without going away feeling happy, and basically glad to be alive. I’m trying to think who else makes me feel that way…Hmmm, still thinking, still thinking. I may have to get back to you on that one! May be a long while!

    Love You Always! Janet

  3. Bella August 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    He is ridiculously good-looking, he gets to swim with baby elephants, he runs an amazing foundation; Stephan Bognar is an inspiration – he leads the life of my dreams! Thanks for sharing this peek into his life – great NPR interview too 🙂

  4. cookbookapprentice August 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Glad to have come across your blog. Great piece. Look forward to reading more in the future.

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