As Founder & President, Bhalin comes to ROCK THE ELEPHANT® with substantial entrepreneurial experience and a deep commitment for protection of wildlife. He has always been an outside-the-box thinker and creative visionary with ideas that stem from one place only: to drive wildlife conservation into the mainstream.
Inspiration for ROCK THE ELEPHANT® was born out from the massacre at Bouba N’djida National Park, Cameroon in early 2012. 650 elephants including pregnant females, year old calves, old bulls and complete families, were gunned down with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades. Bhalin has also worked closely with WILDAID where he has been an International Board member for over a decade.

TOM VAN DELL, Board President

Tom is currently President and COO of VENDIAN Entertainment, producers of films such as: Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge; Doug Liman’s Mena, starring Tom Cruise; and Oliver Stone’s Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Prior to Tom’s film entertainment career, he served as Vice President of International for Universal/Motown Records Group, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries. Tom brings a wealth of music and film entertainment industry experience and connections, not to mention the heart of lion, to RTE. His full engagement helps bring our message to the general public.


Jory is the co-founder and Managing Director of Provence Capital, LLC where he has been leading efforts combining his emerging market business development and political skills with his decades of technical and operations experience to solve challenges in Africa and Middle East. In doing so, Jory has been instrumental in the development of Public Private Partnerships with African governments, which helps considerably with RTE and what we aim to achieve. Jory also sits on the Board of Advisors for UCP Wheels for Humanity where he was the former Treasurer and Executive Committee member and sits on the Board of The REEL Project, a Congo based non-profit helping resettled populations in eastern Congo. Jory’s business and diplomatic skills provide RTE a personable and experienced navigator and communicator between public and private sectors in the African NGO and political space so that RTE may maximize impact on the ground.




“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”


— Francis of Assisi

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.“


— Lao Tzu

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”


— Abraham Lincoln