Henri completed his undergraduate studies in nature conservation in South Africa and followed this with a masters in environmental management. He then worked for provincial conservation authorities and conservancies focusing on honing his project management and landowner engagement skills.
In 2009, he took up a position with the University of Cape Town managing a long-term vegetation research project based in the Kruger National Park. This provided the foundation for his work as a research technician on the African buffalo research project conducted by the University of Pretoria and Oregon State University in the Kruger National Park. He is currently a PhD student at the department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University.