Asieff is Reserve Manager of the False Bay Ecology Park, employed by the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Management Branch. He arrived there through passion rather than career planning. "I love, and am passionate about nature and life", he says. "Birds, Frogs, Fish, Plants, People, Rocks, Water and Air, EQUALS LIFE. I really enjoy how they all link into one another and how the interaction between various forms plays out. In nature, no one day is the same and beauty can be found so easily if one just take the time to really look. My passion is not driven by success, but rather by satisfaction. I try and find happiness in everything that is in my life, even when times are dark, there is always something to be happy about".
Asieff grew up in Grassy Park, close to the Rondevlei Nature Reserve. His passion for nature conservation was ignited while serving as a high school volunteer in the Reserve during the late 90s. But with a practical bent that is invaluable to him as the manager of a large urban nature reserve, it is not surprising that his career path has included owning and operating a sales and distribution company, a tree felling business, has worked as an environmental control officer for a company that issues permits to film production companies, and served as a field guide at the Grootbos private nature reserve.