Our Team

The Tribal Survival team. 

The Trustees of Tribal Survival are Charles Montanaro, Jane Montanaro and Adam Montanaro.

Charles Montanaro

Charles Montanaro

Adam Montanaro

Adam Montanaro

Jane Montanaro

Jane Montanaro

Zoe Montanaro

Zoe Montanaro

Charles Montanaro

Charles, with his inexhaustible supply of energy, is rooting for Arsenal when he isn't motivating his own team.

A pity his enthusiastic approach doesn't work with fish. Despite numerous attempts he has yet to catch a trout, let alone a salmon. Although he did catch a piranha during his first trip up the Amazon and is now known as "the white Huaorani" following his second adventure in search of undiscovered tribes in the jungles of Ecuador, during this trip he also experienced the tribe of Embera in Panama.

Having survived his first London marathon in a vain attempt to get fit, he spent time in the jungles of Papua with the stone-age Korowai and Kombai none of whom had ever seen a white man before. Although practising cannibals, he was clearly too tough for their taste and survived the adventure - narrowly avoiding a native tempted to shoot his bow and arrow first and ask questions later!

In search of truly undiscovered people, he was temporarily kidnapped in Mamberamo by an unknown tribe where he found that not all natives are friendly.  Undeterred, he went hunting with the Yanomami in Venezuela at the end of 2007 where he got eaten alive by mosquitos and nasty little nigwas and leeches.  In 2008, with his wife to be Jane, he tried his hand at climbing steep hills firstly in Kashmir and then in Bhutan where he met the King before climbing 18,000 feet to see what altitude sickness felt like. An unexpected 40 kilometre hike in the snow (abandoned by a guide who was lost) nearly ended badly.

More recently, he survived running the Bulls of Pamplona as a pre-cursor to further exploits among indigenous tribes. These included walking safaris with the San people in Botswana and fishing with Australian aborigines. A return trip in 2009 to the jungles of Irian Jaya (the Korowai) saw him going native and returning with a stick through his nose - much to the disapproval of his wife (since removed - the stick that is).  More recently, in 2011 Charles explored the jungles of Sumatra with the Mentawai.

In 2014, Charles founded Tribal Survival, a charity aimed at improving the physical and mental health of members of tribal societies through the provision of financial assistance, support, education and practical advice and specifically to provide much needed western medicines to people living traditionally in remote areas.

Charles graduated with an honours degree in Anthropology from Durham University in 1976. He spent four years in industry before joining Merrill Lynch in 1980 as a private client broker in London. He joined Dean Witter Reynolds in 1984 and Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1987 as a Senior Vice President where, in both cases, he was their top institutional broker in the UK, joining the high-yield bond department in 1989. In 1990, Charles joined MMG Patricof (now Apax Partners) as a Director of investment banking working with UK private and public smaller companies.

In August 1991, he founded Montanaro to specialise in analysing and investing in quoted European smaller companies on behalf of leading institutions. He has since launched and managed several funds and established a strong track record. In addition, he has served on the Boards of two public smaller companies. He was appointed a Director of the Montanaro European Smaller Companies plc on 12 January 2012.

Adam Montanaro

Outside of work Adam is a keen sportsman, a passionate Arsenal fan and about to become a proud father for a third time.

Adam is an Investment Manager on the Global Emerging Markets team at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) responsible for co-managing multiple equity portfolios. Having graduated with a First-Class Honours degree from the University of Durham, he began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a Senior Associate specialising in tax structuring for the Investment Management sector before joining ASI. Adam is a CFA Charterholder, Chartered Accountant (ACA) and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

Jane Montanaro

When not filming or off to the jungle, Jane can be found walking, gardening, drawing and running after her chickens. Her most favourite moments in the jungle are the early morning murmurings as the tribe is rising, and the feasts, when the dancing and chanting and head dresses are exhilarating to watch. "To help these proud and magnificent people is a privilege, it is a truly wonderful thing to see how the men, women and children are masters of their universe with so much to teach us".

Jane Treays is one of the UK’s foremost documentary filmmakers. Her 30 year career working for the BBC, ITV and C4 has taken her to all corners of the Earth following all kinds of subjects and won her many awards.

From American beauty pageants, Australian male escorts, Mormon polygamists, serial killers and primordial dwarves, to touring and filming with the Rolling Stones and Status Quo not forgetting a year inside Claridge’s hotel and most recently filming with the Queen and Sir David Attenborough, Jane has specialised in the extraordinary. The Times wrote of her work: “Treays is absolutely brilliant at capturing the everyday small stories that emblemise the larger. She is a natural burrower for detail.....“

Zoe Montanaro

In her free time, Zoe enjoys keeping fit by practising yoga and training for her first half marathon. She has a passion for travel and has recently returned from a solo backpacking tour of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Zoe has also turned into a keen Arsenal fan with a little encouragement from her Dad and brothers!

Zoe works as Grants Manager at the Kennedy Trust, a charity that funds research into rheumatic and inflammatory illnesses. Zoe graduated from the University of Durham with a 2:1 Honours degree in Natural Sciences, before starting her career in Property Development. She discovered her interest in the charity sector through voluntary work with Oxfam and became a proud Trustee of Tribal Survival in 2020.