SSC Steering Committee

A detailed profile of each Steering Committee member is found below:

Simon Stuart

Dr Simon N. Stuart

SSC Chair

Species Survival Commission
7-9 North Parade Buildings
Bath BA1 1NS

Email: simon.stuart[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global

Simon Stuart is the Chair of the SSC and has undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge, with fieldwork in Tanzania and Cameroon. He has over 25 years of experience with the IUCN and the SSC. Simon started work on the African Bird Red Data Book in 1983. He joined the IUCN Secretariat in 1986, and was Head of the Species Programme (1990-2000), Acting Director General (2000-2001), Head of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit (2001-2005), and Senior Species Scientist (2005-2008). He was elected for a second term as Chair of the SSC at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on Jeju island in South Korea in 2012.
Simon recalls “My interest in conservation started as a child, earlier than I can remember. A fascination for wild animals and plants has always been in my blood. A career in conservation was the only option for me. I have been privileged to have been closely associated with IUCN and the Species Survival Commission (SSC) for much of my professional life, most of that time as a member of the IUCN Secretariat. The SSC is in many senses my home.”
Before becoming Chair of the SSC, Simon coordinated the IUCN/SSC biodiversity assessments, including those on mammals, reptiles, amphibians and marine species. He says: “This has brought home to me how seriously the status of very many species is deteriorating, despite our best conservation efforts. There are some notable exceptions, but overall we are not keeping pace with the ever growing threats. This is leading to not only the loss of species, but is also jeopardising the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on wild species. The SSC has made, and is continuing to make, huge strides in the delivery of species-related data. This is excellent. However, conservation delivery does not just happen as a result of making the data available. I want to see the SSC be proactive in working with countries and regions, and with a larger array of partners, to help stimulate the conservation actions need to stem the rising tide of extinctions.”

Simon’s priorities include:

Running a series of regional and national consultations, building up to a global gathering at the proposed IUCN Species Congress at which we shall present a worldwide agenda to address the Species Crisis. This agenda will be built through a bottom-up process from the regions and countries, and will be underpinned by SSC’s data and knowledge.
Putting the SSC’s species assessment work on to a sustainable footing. This involves consolidating and strengthening the Red List Partnership, expanding the number of institutions in it that support our work, and exploring new options for more stable funding.
Making the SSC’s biodiversity dataset much more broadly representative of the world’s biomes and species, with a target to complete the assessment of 160,000 species by 2016.
Exploring the factors that lead to conservation success on the ground or in the water, as a basis for developing practical guidance, linking to the ongoing work of the SSC Species Conservation Planning Task Force.
Investigating the importance of species for human livelihoods, and factors that determine whether or not use is sustainable. Given the importance of broader ecological and social factors in achieving sustainable use, the SSC will work jointly with the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.
Focusing on newly emerging threats for which we have no immediate remedies, such as climate change, emerging infectious diseases, and ocean acidification, and producing advice on mitigation.

Jon Paul Rodriguez

Dr Jon Paul Rodríguez

SSC Deputy Chair

Centro de Ecología
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)
Apdo. 20632, Caracas 1020-A

Email: jonpaul.rodriguez[at]

Geographic areas of expertise: Neotropics, especially Venezuela

Jon Paul Rodríguez is Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas ― IVIC), and he is a founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President (2001-2008, 2013-present) of Provita (a Venezuelan conservation NGO established in 1987). His undergraduate degree in biology is from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas (1991). He was then awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University (1999). In addition to serving on the Steering Committee of SSC, Jon Paul is actively involved in the development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, an initiative led by the Commission on Ecosystem Management. His work focuses on understanding patterns in the spatial distribution of threatened species and ecosystems, as well as the underlying causes of these patterns, and the development of policy guidelines for biodiversity conservation. He is author or co-author of more than 150 publications, including many peer-reviewed articles in acclaimed scientific journals.

Prof Luigi Boitani

Prof Luigi Boitani

Prof of Vertebrate Zoology

University of Rome - La Sapienza
Department of Animal & Human Biology
Viale Universita 32
Rome 00185

Email: luigi.boitani[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe

Luigi Boitani is Professor of Conservation Biology and Animal Ecology at the University of Rome, and Head of the Department of Animal and Human Biology. He is also Founder and Director of the Masters program “Conservation of animal biodiversity”. He is Affiliated Professor at the Department of Natural Resources, Idaho University, Moscow and member of the College of Graduate Studies. Luigi’s primary research focuses on the study of wolf ecology in Italy, modelling of mammal distributions in Italy, Africa and South East Asia, and protected areas design and management in Italy and Africa. He is a member of more than 25 professional organizations, working groups, and Boards of Governors including Founder and President of the Institute of Applied Ecology, Rome. Luigi has been involved with IUCN and SSC for many years, including as one of the leaders in the development of the Species Information Service, Red List Committee member, and a member of several Specialist Groups.

Onnie Byers

Dr Onnie Byers

Chair - Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

12101 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Email: onnie[at]


Geographic area of expertise: global

Onnie earned her Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington D.C. She was a member of the National Zoological Park's Mobile Laboratory Research team, and participated in reproductive studies involving cheetah, pumas, tigers and giant panda. Onnie joined the SSC’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group in 1991 as a Program Officer and was promoted to the position of Executive Director in 2005, and appointed Chair in 2011. In addition to leading the organization, Onnie shares with CBSG’s Program Officers responsibility for organization, design and facilitation of a wide range of Species Conservation Planning and other CBSG workshops. Onnie is dedicated to the transfer of these tools and processes to conservationists around the world through the establishment and nurturing of CBSG's regional and national Networks, the work of the SSC’s Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee, and the development and implementation of mass collaboration tools for conservation. Onnie serves on the Conservation and Sustainability Committee of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is on the Board of Directors of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL).

Claudio Campagna

Dr Claudio Campagna

Research Biologist

Marine and Argentina Programs
Amenabar 1595 (2, of. 9)
1426 Buenos Aires

Geographic areas of expertise: global

Claudio is a Wildlife Conservation Society conservation zoologist, with an MD from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD in animal behaviour from the University of California at Santa Cruz. For his work on the conservation of the Patagonian Sea, he has been elected a Pew Fellow in marine conservation. Claudio divides his efforts into three areas: field research on the biology of marine mammals, conducted at Peninsula Valdes (Argentina); marine conservation (particularly protected areas work); and writing essays and fiction. He is convinced of the urgent need to promote the conservation agenda using creative communication tools. Claudio has published widely in scientific literature and has been serving on the SSC Steering Committee since 2004, is Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Sub-Committee, and is a member of the Pinniped Specialist Group.

Topilztin Contreras MacBeath

Prof Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath


Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
Av. Universidad #1001 Col. Chamilpa
Cuernavaca, Morelos, CP 62210

Email: topis[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Mesoamerica

Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath is Professor at the Biological Research Center of the Autonomous University of the State Morelos, in central Mexico, where he is also Head of the Conservation Biology work group. His main research interests are related to freshwater ecosystems and endangered fish species conservation. He has described and published aspects of the biology and ecology and conservation of Mexican Freshwater fishes. Since 2005, Topis has been representative for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean for the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, created by IUCN-SSC in collaboration with Wetlands International. Since 1997, he has coordinated the Mesoamerican Network of Biotic Resources (REDMESO) which brings together 23 public universities in the Mesoamerican region. The network conducts research projects and develops technologies designed to support the sustainable management of ecosystems, having respect for cultural and biological diversity. Topis has also been involved in many commissions related to biodiversity and natural resources conservation and management, such as the Invasive Species Commission related to NAFTA and has served as an advisor to the Mexican Government in Sustainable Development issues. He is President of the advisory Committee of the Natural Protected Area “Corredor Biológico Chichinautzin” where he has been working for 20 years with other researchers, local authorities and stakeholders in designing and implementing strategies directed towards the sustainable management of the area.

Rosie Cooney

Dr Rosie Cooney


Institute of Environmental Studies
NSW 2052

Email: rosie.cooney[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global 

Rosie Cooney is Chair of the CEESP-SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. Rosie is a specialist in biodiversity policy and management, with a background in zoology and law, and over twelve years of experience in international and national policy research, analysis and development. Her experience includes working on wildlife trade and CITES for ResourceAfrica and WWF International; coordinating The Precautionary Principle Project for IUCN and project partners; and consulting governments, NGOs and the private sector in Australia and internationally. She teaches at the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales. Her major areas of expertise are: sustainable use of wildlife; conservation and local livelihoods; international wildlife trade regulation; and environmental governance, with a strong focus on seeking approaches that both meet human needs and conserve biodiversity. Rosie holds first class Honours degrees in Zoology and in Law from the Australian National University and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge.

John Donaldson

Prof John Donaldson

Chief Director of Applied Biodiversity Research

South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X101
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Email: j.donaldson[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Africa

John Donaldson is Chief Director of Applied Biodiversity Research at the South African National Biodiversity Institute and is the Harold Pearson Professor of Botany at the University of Cape Town. He manages a diverse applied biodiversity research programme dealing with contemporary conservation issues, which includes projects on threatened species and ecosystems, invasive species, sustainable use, impacts of genetically modified organisms, and links between biodiversity and ecosystem services. His own research has focused on the ecology and conservation biology of cycads, sustainable use of plant populations, analysing trends in threatened species, and conservation in production landscapes. His research has mainly taken place in Africa but he has been part of projects in Africa, Asia, Australia and Central America. He has served as a member of the IUCN’s SSC Plant Sub-Committee since 2005 and has been Chair of the SSC Cycad Specialist Group since 1997. He also served as the African representative on the CITES Plants Committee from 1998-2004. He is author of over 60 scientific papers and book chapters in conservation and ecology.

Piero Genovesi

Dr Piero Genovesi

Senior Conservation Officer

Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
Via Vitaliano Brancati 43
I-00144 Rome

Email: piero.genovesi[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global 

Piero Genovesi earned a Master degree in biological sciences and a PhD in animal ecology at the University of Rome. He is senior conservationist with the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in Rome, and research associate with the Concordia University, Montreal. He was a member of the IUCN Red List Committee from 2011 to September 2013.
Piero has a long history of working in carnivore conservation, supervising the reintroduction of Brown bears in the Italian Alps, and coordinating the publication of national action plans for the wolf, the brown bear and the otter. He has been an active member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, and has been vice president of the association for several years. He has also been active in animal translocations, coordinating the establishment of national guidelines on animal translocation in 1996, which were revised in 2007. Piero has been an active member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group since 1996, and has been part of the SSC task force that produced the IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and other Conservation Translocations, adopted by IUCN in 2012.
Piero’s main area of activity is invasive species. Since 2000, he has chaired of the European section of the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), and was nominated chair of the Specialist Group in 2009. The ISSG is a very active network of about 200 leading experts from over 40 countries of the world, which is linked to a broader group of over 1,000 experts and practitioners connected to the Aliens-list. One key area of activity of ISSG is its support of policy making, and in this regard Piero is a Member of the Liaison Group on invasive alien species of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a member of the Management Board of the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), and collaborates with several international institutions such as the European Union, the Bern Convention, the European Environment Agency, and the Convention on Migratory Species. He has attended numerous political meetings, in different roles, and has been in the Italian delegation at several meetings, including in 2010 at COP 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya.
Between 2000 and 2003, Piero worked at the establishment of a European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species, which was adopted by the Bern Convention in 2003. In 2008-2009, he was the coordinator of the European Environmental Agency programme “Towards an early warning and information system for invasive alien species (IAS) threatening biodiversity in Europe”.
Since 2012, Piero has led the SSC-WCPA Task Force on Invasive Alien Species in Protected Areas, aimed at developing guidelines on the issue. He contributed to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3, is a partner of the Biodiversity Indicator Partnership, a friend of Target 12 of the Strategic Plan 2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and IUCN Champion of Target 9.
Piero has published books, book chapters, and articles in several high rank journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, PLoS one, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environments, Conservation Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Global Change Biology. He has been Associate Editor of several journals (Wildlife Biology, Ursus), invited editor of special issues of “Ecology, Ethology and Evolution” and of “Science for Environment Policy”. He is editor of Aliens, the newsletter of ISSG. 

Brahim Haddane

Dr Brahim Haddane

Director of Exotic Gardens of Rabat-Salé

Exotic Gardens of Rabat-Salé
B.P. 5117
12 000 Trmara-Centre

Email: haddane_br[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: North Africa, Mediterranean Basin

Brahim Haddane is an IUCN Regional Councillor for Africa. In 1980, he became involved in the mobilisation of Civil Society and Public Opinion to promote nature conservation, the fight against the overexploitation of natural resources, the degradation of biodiversity and pollution of the environment, whilst defending the idea of the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from natural resources. He began by creating the Moroccan Association for the Protection of the Environment (ASMAPE). In the process, he got involved with IUCN and became a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). After which, he increased his contribution by working with other commissions, in particular the Species Survival Commission (SSC), the joint CEESP (Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy) - SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), and the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). He graduated as a veterinary biologist and later joined the Forest Department where he was in charge of ex situ wildlife management. He is a member of the Natural Committee for Biodiversity, working group on mammals and PAM (Aromatic, Medicinal and Cosmetic Plants). In 2005, he joined the Royal Foundation for Environmental Protection as Director of Exotic Gardens of Rabat-Salé focusing on biodiversity conservation. 

Axel Hochkirch

Dr Axel Hochkirch

Manager of a scientific laboratory and Assistant Professor

Trier University
Department of Biogeography
54286 Trier

Email: hochkirch[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Africa, Europe, Oceanic Islands

Axel Hochkirch is the manager of a scientific laboratory and assistant professor in the Department of Biogeography at Trier University, Germany. He is an expert in insect biodiversity and conservation genetics, and the author or co-author of nearly 100 publications dealing with a broad field of biodiversity-related topics (conservation biology, population genetics, ecology, behavioural biology, taxonomy, phylogenetics, evolutionary biology). Axel has been active in conservation since his youth, having been involved in several conservation projects in Germany, particularly for grasshoppers, bush-crickets and crickets (Orthoptera), but also for dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians and birds. During his civilian service at a NGO in northern Germany (BUND Diepholzer Moorniederung), he became an expert in Orthoptera conservation. In 1996, he received his diploma degree (comparable to master degree) at the University of Bremen on the ecology and conservation of endemic rainforest grasshoppers in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (in cooperation with the IUCN “East Usambara Catchment Forest Project”). In 2001, he received his PhD at the University of Bremen on the evolution, biogeography, behaviour and ecology of grasshoppers in Tanzania. Since 2008, Axel has been based at Trier University, where he is teaching conservation biology, molecular ecology and conservation genetics. He has been the chair of the IUCN SSC Grasshopper Specialist Group since 2010.

Mike Hoffman, Senior Scientific Advisor to the SSC

Mike Hoffmann

Senior Scientific Officer to the SSC

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
219 Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL

Email: mike.hoffmann[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global

Michael Hoffmann, a South African national, is currently based in the UNEP-WCMC office in Cambridge, UK, where he serves as Senior Scientific Officer to IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. Mike provides technical and scientific support to the work of the Commission and helps ensure uptake of Commission-based research in appropriate policy arenas. He has extensive experience with the IUCN SSC Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Red List categories and criteria, workshop facilitation, networking, and data analysis. Mike previously worked in the IUCN Species Programme (2005-2010), including as manager of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit in Washington, DC, and in the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International (2003-2005). His original area of expertise is mammalogy, having spent time at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa (1996-1999), and at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, UK (2000-2002). He is a member of the IUCN SSC Afrotheria, Antelope, Canid and Wolf Specialist Groups, serving as the Red List Authority focal point for canids. He has co-edited six books (including three volumes of the “The Mammals of Africa”) and authored 27 book chapters and 21 peer-reviewed papers (6 in the journals Nature and Science). 

Hans de Iongh, Netherlands

Prof Hans de Iongh

Associate Professor Conservation Biology

Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)
Leiden University, P.O.Box 9518
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Email: iongh[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia

Hans de Iongh has been a member of the Board of the Netherlands Committee for IUCN since 1987, Chair of the Committee (1990 - 2000), and Vice Chair (2000 - 2003). In October 2008 he became Regional Councillor for West Europe. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of IUCN NL and Biodiversity Advisor to the daily board. Hans is an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, especially the Sustainable Use Specialist Group, the Sirenia Specialist Group and the Cat Specialist Group. He is also a member of the African Lion Working Group (affiliated with the Cat Specialist Group), and he has contributed to the Ecosystem Management Group for several years. Hans was also involved in the preparation of National and Regional Conservation Action plans for the African Lion and for the dugong in Indonesia and SE Asia. He is a member of the Netherlands CITES Commission, Chair of the Van Tienhoven Foundation and member of an Advisory Group to the Ministry of LNV on Red Lists in the Netherlands. He has been active in the development of harmonization of Red Lists in Europe and contributed to and initiated several National Conservation Strategies for threatened species and Red Listing in Europe. Hans de Iongh has long standing experience with IUCN and the IUCN network.

Vololoniaina H. Jeannoda

Prof Vololoniaina H. Jeannoda

Professor of Botany

Department of Plant Biology and Ecology
Faculty of Sciences
University of Antananarivo
PO Box 906
, Antananarivo 101

Email: vololoniaina.jeannoda[at]

Geographic areas of expertise: Madagascar

Vololoniaina Jeannoda is a professor of Botany at the Department of Plant Biology and Ecology where she teaches mainly Plant Systematics to undergraduate and graduate students.
As a University professor, she has worked with many students supervising their Master or PhD research in various themes, such as plant architecture, plant systematics, ethnobotany, plant ecology, mangroves, integrated coastal zones management. Over the last ten years, she has been at the head of a multidisciplinary international team that focused on Madagascar wild and cultivated yams. Her research on yams has brought her to be involved in many activities dealing with yam inventory, systematic, ecology, uses, promotion, sustainable management, conservation, and local community participation. She has participated as an expert to many yam related projects such as the Bioversity International project on crop wild relatives’ conservation.
She has been in the Scientific Committee of the Madagascar Plant Specialist Group from its beginning and has been appointed as the chair person of the Group in 2013. She is also a member of the CITES Scientific Authority for Flora in Madagascar and has contributed to the inscription of the Madagascar ebony and rosewoods in CITES appendix 2 at the last CITES COP in 2013. Finally, she is part of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference which will be organized by UNESCO in April 2014 on the theme “What botanists for the 21th Century? Professions, challenges and opportunities.”
She is a founding member of the Madagascar Biodiversity Trust Fund and has acted as a member of the board of trustees to the Trust Fund from its creation in 2005 until 2013. This organization is one of the most important Funds in Africa and was created in order to ensure in the long term the sustainable management of protected areas in Madagascar.

Olga Krever

Olga Krever

Email: okrever[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Russia

Olga Krever is an expert on biodiversity conservation and protected areas in Russia. In 1986 she graduated from Kazan State University, Biological Faculty, Dept. of Nature Conservation. After she had worked at the Crane Breeding Center of Oka State Nature Biosphere Reserve and in the scientific and educational department of the Kazan ZOO, she joined the IUCN from 1998-2003 as a Coordinator of the Programme on biodiversity conservation and as Manager of projects on Protected Areas of the Representative Office for Russia and CIS countries.
In 2003, she joined the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, where she held the position of Head of the Protected Areas Legislative Division and pioneered the establishment of the legislative basis for environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, Protected Areas, and of the conservation strategy for Russia’s threatened species.
She was also at that time the Deputy Head of the Department of State Policy of the Environment from 2004-2008, and National Director of the UNDP/GEF project on “Biodiversity Conservation in 4 Protected Areas of Kamchatka.”
From 2007 to 2012, Olga served as a member of the Upper Environmental Council of the Committee for Natural Resources, Nature Use and Environment of the Russian Federal Parliament. Since 2011, she is the Advisor extraordinary to the Head of the Federal Supervisory Service for Management Resources Use (Rosprirodnadzor).
She works in close cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. In 2010, she coordinated the International Tiger Forum in St.-Petersburg, and is now implementing the Ministry for Global Tiger Recovery Programme. In 2013, she was a Coordinator of the International Polar Bear Forum.
Working for the Ministry, she is also responsible for the preparation and the implementation of the Polar Bear Circumpolar Action Plan, and since 2013, for the implementation Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP). Olga also works as a Consultant to the Russian Government and its representatives, as well for environmental NGO such as WWF-Russia, Wild Salmon Center, UNDP, etc. Olga is a member of the Upper Environmental Council of the Committee for Natural Resources, Nature Use and Ecological of the Russian Federal Parliament.

She is an author of several analytical documents, including analytical reviews on Protected Areas issues, the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation, renewing the methodological basis for Redlisting in Russia, and the Draft Strategy on Threatened Species Conservation in Russia. She is also an editor of the national strategies for conservation of threatened species in Russia (Polar Bear, Amur Tiger, Far Eastern Leopard, Snow Leopard, European Bison etc.).

Mirza Kusrini

Dr Mirza D. Kusrini


Department of Forest Resources Conservation & Ecotourism
Bogor Agricultural University
Kampus IPB Darmaga
PO BOX 168
Bogor 16001
West Java

Email: mirza_kusrini[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Southeast Asia  

Mirza Kusrini is lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources Conservation & Ecotourism at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. She is an enthusiastic advocate of amphibian and reptile conservation and serves as Chair of the Indonesian Herpetologist Society. Her research is mostly on the biodiversity and ecology of amphibians. Mirza is also passionate on conservation education for children. She leads several conservation education project in Indonesia through wildlife camps, teacher training and school counselling.

Frederic Launay

Dr Frédéric Launay

Senior Advisor, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, UAE; Director, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency
PO Box 45553
Abu Dhabi

Email: flaunay[at]

Geographic areas of expertise: Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Libya)

Frédéric Launay is Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His role is to advise the Secretary General on any environmental topics or management issues within the Agency and he is also responsible for the management of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI). In addition, Fred is the Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, a philanthropic endowment fund dedicated to support species conservation projects worldwide. Frédéric Launay is the Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group. 

Gabriela Lichtenstein

Dr Gabriela Lichtenstein

Chair, South American Camelid Specialist Group; Director of PA.IS Project; Lecturer, Univ. of Buenos Aires & UNSAM; Independent Researcher, CONICET;

CONICET/National Research Council
Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento
Latinoamericano (INAPL)
3 de Febrero 1378
1426 CABA

Email: lichtenstein.g[at]


Dr Lichtenstein has a MSc in Biology, University of Buenos Aires (1992) and completed a PhD in Behavioral Ecology, King´s College, University of Cambridge (1997) and a Post-doc at the Dept of Geography, University of Buenos Aires (2001). Since 2001 she has been working as an Independent Researcher (Investigadora Independiente) at the National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina, and since 2009 she has also been a Lecturer for Master courses at the University of Buenos Aires and University of San Martin (UNSAM).

In 2007, Dr Lichtenstein was appointed Chair of the SSC's South American Camelid Specialist Group (UICN SSC GECS). Her interest in South American camelids started in 1997 while working for IIED-AL when she coordinated research on Community based vicuña management in Peru for the Evaluating Eden Project. From 2001-2005, she took part in the EU funded MACS Project where she studied economic and socio-cultural impacts of vicuna use in Andean countries and their policy implications. Since 2006 she has been working on a research project on factors affecting the sustainability of guanaco use in Argentina and the development of local incentives for conservation. Research interests also include: managing common pool resources; local participation and empowerment; commodity chain analysis for wild South American fibre and the establishment of trade links to help a fairer and more equitable proportion of benefits to local people. Since 2013 she has been the Director of a project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina on the establishment of a commodity chain for the guanaco fiber (PA.IS).

Dr Lichtenstein has published a large number of research papers, book chapters and technical reports. Her interest in articulating research results with policy led her to collaborate with CITES, FWS, the Vicuña Convention, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina, and national and local management authorities. She is a member of SULI; CEESP; and IASC.

Dr. Susan Lieberman

Dr Susan Lieberman

Executive Director, Conservation Policy

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460

Email: slieberman[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global

Dr Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection between science and policy, for more than 25 years. She is currently the Executive Director of Conservation Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where she works to direct WCS policy engagement in multiple intergovernmental fora in support of WCS’ conservation programs to conserve wildlife and wild areas, working closely with governments, IUCN, NGO partners, and others. Prior to joining WCS, she worked for four years as Director, International Policy at the Pew Environment Group, focusing in particular on treaties, regional fisheries management organizations and other intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, to provide science-based research, policy analysis and expertise to ensure the sustainability of marine species and ecosystems. From 2001 to 2009, Dr Lieberman was the Director of the Species Programme of WWF-International, based in Europe. She led all programmatic, scientific, and communications aspects of work on endangered and threatened species at the global level, as well as all international policy issues pertaining to species conservation. She directed WWF programs on the conservation of flagship species of international conservation concern, including tigers, African and Asian elephants, African and Asian rhinos, giant pandas, African and Asian great apes, whales, marine turtles, and polar bears. As part of this portfolio she directed WWF’s science-based policy and advocacy pertaining to several international treaties, including CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She served as an institutional observer on the IUCN SSC Steering Committee for several years, on behalf of WWF, and has been a member of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group for many years. Dr Lieberman worked for the US Government at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (including as Chief of the Scientific Authority) from 1990-2001. She conducted postdoctoral research on tortoises in Mexico and on prosimians. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Southern California focused on tropical ecology and amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica.

Patricia Medici

Dr Patricia Medici

Conservation Biologist

Rua Licuala, 622, Residencial Damha 1
CEP: 79046-150
Campo Grande
Mato Grosso do Sul

Email: epmedici[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: South America

Dr Patrícia Medici is a Brazilian conservation biologist whose main professional interests are species conservation, particularly tapirs, landscape ecology, and community-based conservation. Patrícia has a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry Sciences from the São Paulo University (USP - Universidade de São Paulo), a Masters Degree in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Brazil, and a Ph.D. Degree in Biodiversity Management from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. For the past 21 years, Patrícia has worked for the Brazilian non-governmental organization IPÊ - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research) of which she was one of the founding members in 1992. Since 1996, Patrícia has coordinated the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative, a nation-wide lowland tapir research and conservation effort in Brazil, which was first established in the Atlantic Forests of São Paulo State and later expanded to the Brazilian Pantanal. Patrícia has also been the Chair person of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) since 2000, and has been a member of the Steering Committee of ZACC (Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation) since 2008.

Dr Russell Mittermeier

Dr Russell A. Mittermeier


Conservation International
2011 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA

Email: rmittermeier[at]

Geographic areas of expertise: South America, Brazil, Madagascar, the Guianas, global

President of Conservation International, Dr Russell A. Mittermeier, has a long-standing affiliation with SSC and the wider IUCN, beginning in 1974. He is Chair of the SSC Primate Specialist Group and was elected IUCN councillor at the 3rd and 4th IUCN World Conservation Congress. Russ serves as advisor to many international conservation institutions – he was UNEP’s Vice President from 2009-2012 and is patron of the Great Apes Survival Project, among many other roles. Previously he served as Chairman of the World Bank Task Force on Biological Diversity, and as Vice-President for Science, World Wildlife Fund US. Under Russ’s leadership, collaboration between CI and IUCN/SSC has grown significantly.

Jeff McNeely

Mr Jeffrey A. McNeely

Senior Science Advisor at IUCN

Ch. du Lavasson 9
1196 Gland

Email: jeff.mcneely[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: Global, having worked in more than 80 countries, especially Asia

Jeffrey A. McNeely is Senior Science Advisor at IUCN, where he has worked since 1980. Before joining IUCN, he spent twelve years in Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal, conducting research and practical application of resource management activities. He has worked in over 85 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe, often advising governments, universities, and the private sector on conservation issues. He makes over 35 public presentations each year on various conservation topics.
As Chief Scientist, a position he held until his retirement from IUCN in 2009, he was responsible for overseeing the work of the world’s largest conservation network, with over 1,000 institutional members and 10,000 scientists and other specialists working in biological conservation. As Senior Science Advisor, a largely voluntary position, he advises IUCN on a wide variety of conservation issues. He has written or edited over 40 books and 500 popular and technical articles on a wide range of environmental topics, as well as serving on the editorial board of 14 international journals. He is currently working to link biodiversity to sustainable agriculture, human health, biotechnology, climate change, energy, and more traditional fields of IUCN interest such as species, protected areas, ecosystems, and economics.
He is Chairman of the Board of Ecoagriculture Partners, Chair of the Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology, a Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council, Science Patron of Earthwatch Europe, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Environmental Conservation, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, a Member of the UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, an A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, a Member of the World Cultural Council, and a Member of the Order of the Golden Ark.

Gregory M. Mueller

Dr Gregory M. Mueller

Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL. 60022

Email: gmueller[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global

Gregory Mueller serves as Negaunee Foundation vice president of science at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Before joining the Garden, Dr. Mueller worked for more than 23 years at The Field Museum as the curator of mycology in the Department of Botany. His research and training programs focus on the biology, ecology, and conservation of fungi, especially mushrooms. He has authored six books and nearly 100 journal articles. He is Chair of the IUCN Mushroom, Bracket, and Puffball Specialist Group; member of the Science Advisory Council for the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy; member of the Chicago Wilderness Executive Council; and member of the Mayor's (Chicago) Nature and Wildlife Committee. He is lecturer, Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago; adjunct professor, Department of Biological Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago; adjunct professor, Biological Sciences, Northwestern University; and research associate, Department of Botany, The Field Museum. Dr. Mueller has served as president of the Mycological Society of America and as international coordinator for fungal programs at the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute.  

Jean Michel Onana

Dr Jean Michel Onana

Senior Researcher at the National Herbarium of Cameroon

Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation
Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IRAD)
National Herbarium
BP 1601 Yaoundé

Email: jeanmichelonan[at]


Geographic area of expertise: Central Africa, Cameroon

Jean Michel Onana is a Senior Researcher at the National Herbarium of Cameroon: a specialised botanical research station of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IRAD). Since 2005, he has been Director of the National Herbarium, coordinating the study of the flora of Cameroon. Within the scientific department of IRAD, Dr Onana is head of the Biodiversity Programme. He holds a doctorate in plant taxonomy and phytogeography, and is accredited to direct research in botany/ecology with focus on plant biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.
In his role as researcher and part-time lecturer at the University of Yaoundé, Jean Michel has organised seminars and workshops to explain and apply the IUCN categories and criteria, with the aim of promoting the evaluation of threatened species. Jean Michel has been involved as an expert in numerous national reports.
Dr Onana is a member of AETFAT (Association pour l’Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale or Association for the taxonomic study of the flora of tropical Africa) and of the Central Africa Red List Authority (CARLA). He is the author of numerous scientific publications in plant systematics, co-author of the 2011 Red Data Book of Flowering Plants Of Cameroon: IUCN Global assessments, author of a new work on the flora of Cameroon with evaluation of the conservation status of plant species, and publications on biodiversity conservation in the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation’s magazine. During the 1990s, in partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Jean Michel actively participated in a GEF-World Bank project which evaluated the biodiversity of the montane ecosystem of Mount Oku.
In 2013, Jean Michel was awarded ‘best senior researcher’ at IRAD, at the Week of Excellence of Scientific Research and Innovation in Cameroon (JERSIC 2013). The presented work focussed on plant systematics and plant biodiversity conservation, in particular the Red Data Book.
Jean Michel’s first working language is French. English is also frequently used for publications and correspondences.

Dr Yvonne Sadovy

Dr Yvonne Sadovy

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology & Biodiversity
The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam Road
Hong Kong

Email: yjsadovy[at]

Geographic areas of expertise: Tropical, global

Yvonne Sadovy has worked in the area of reef fish biology, conservation and management for over 20 years, initially from a purely research perspective and increasingly applying that work to the areas of reef fish conservation and management. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester, which was followed by a long association with Puerto Rico, first with the University of Puerto Rico and then as the first female Director of the government’s Fishery Research Laboratory. She currently works at the University of Hong Kong, where she is an Associate Professor and the recent recipient of nine major research grants. Her work has led to contact with a wide range of fishing communities and with government officials and local NGOs in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the western Pacific, and she brings this wealth of regional knowledge and marine conservation expertise to the IUCN SSC Steering Committee. She chairs the IUCN SSC Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group, is Director of the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) and serves in an advisory capacity on a number of boards, including the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong World Wildlife Fund, the Scientific Panel of the Palau International Coral Reef Center and the editorial boards of Conservation Biology, Fish and Fisheries, and Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 

Mark Stanley Price

Dr Mark Stanley Price

Senior Research Fellow

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)
University of Oxford
Tubney House, Tubney
Abingdon Road
Abingdon OX13 5QL

Email: mark.stanleyprice[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: East Africa, West Asia

Mark was founder Chair of the SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group from 1988 to 2000, based on his pioneering work to re-introduce the Arabian Oryx to Oman between 1979 and 1987. He has remained very active in the SSC since then, and carried out the major study on voluntarism in the SSC in 2000. After directing the African Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi 1987-1999, he was Chief Executive of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust from 2001 to 2008. Mark is now a research fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford and Chair of the new SSC Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee, which will be responsible for helping SSC Specialist Groups to move beyond Red Listing to implement our new guidelines “Strategic Planning for Species Conservation”. Mark will also be heading the Re-introduction Specialist Group’s task of updating the Re-introduction Guidelines and IUCN policy on the translocation of species, in particular to take account of climate change. 

Nunia Thomas

Nunia Thomas


PO Box 2041
Government Buildings
Republic of Fiji Islands

Email: nuniat[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: global

Born, raised and educated in the Fiji Islands, Nunia Thomas is the Director of Fiji’s only local membership based conservation organization – NatureFiji-MareqetiViti ( Nunia was one of the first recipients of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation scholarship for postgraduate research in conservation and taxonomy for Pacific Islanders under the supervision of international experts. This scholarship was awarded at the University of the South Pacific’s Institute of Applied Sciences under the South Pacific Regional Herbarium where Nunia and three other Melanesian students were trained in Herpetology, Botany, Ornithology and Ichthyology from 2003 to 2007. Nunia’s MSc thesis was on the Spatial distribution of the endemic and Endangered Fiji ground frog (Platymantis vitianus) and the introduced and invasive cane toad (Bufo marinus) on Viwa Island, Tailevu, Fiji. Choosing to specialize in Herpetology, but still maintaining a keen interest in other taxa, Nunia now leads NatureFiji-MareqetiViti towards developing more local taxonomic experts for Fiji through merging science and traditional knowledge, and generating interest among the common Fiji citizen, and interested students about Fiji’s unique species and ecosystems.
Nunia firmly believes that local communities should be given the opportunity to work with field ecologists for a better understanding of and support for ecosystem services, particularly in the fragile ecosystems of Oceania.
Since starting with NFMV in 2007, Nunia has launched Fiji’s first web-based Endangered Species Compendium (on the top 50 endangered species in Fiji) – a resource for Fijian students and teachers, has assisted in the development of species recovery plans for key species in the Fiji National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, reached out and communicated on citizen responsibility for Fiji’s biodiversity. Nunia has published and co-authored papers on iguana and frog ecological data, montane cloud forest research and has written technical reports on herpetofauna and invasive species long term monitoring research in Fiji.
Nunia is the current focal point for the Species working group under Fiji’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action plan, the Fiji national NGO focal point for the Communication, Education and Public Awareness of the Ramsar Convention, is technical advisor on the Fiji Protected Areas Committee and the environment chamber member of the Fiji Forest Certification Standards Steering Committee.

Xie Yan

Dr Yan Xie

Associate Research Professor

C208, Institute of Zoology
Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOZ/CAS)
No. 1-5 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang Dist.
Beijing, 100101

Email: xieyan[at]


Geographic areas of expertise: China

Yan is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on Amur Tiger and Protected Areas conservation. From 2005-2012, she was the China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) during which time she led the WCS China Programme working in Qiangtang and Pamir in western China, Amur tiger habitat in north-east China, and a long-term programme on controlling wildlife trade. She served as coordinator of biodiversity studies under the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high level governmental advisory body, for over 10 years, where she made a great contribution to the country’s conservation policy. She is dedicated to provide biodiversity information for better conservation decision making — the Conserving China's Biodiversity website and the China Species Information Service (CSIS) have become the most important biodiversity information hubs in China. Yan also led the evaluation of more than 10,000 species for the China Red List. She is a prolific writer with many important conservation books under her belt including A Guide to the Mammals of China published in 2008.

Institutional observers


Dr Jonathan Baillie

Dr Jonathan Baillie

Director of Conservation Programmes

Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park
London NW1 4RY

Email: jonathan.baillie[at]


Dr Jonathan Baillie is Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) where he is responsible for overseeing conservation and research projects in over 50 countries worldwide. He is also responsible for the conservation policy work of the Society. Dr Baillie’s involvement with IUCN started in 1995 when he co-edited the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals with Brian Groombridge. This was the first time the New Categories and Criteria had been applied to all species on the Red List and was also the first comprehensive assessment of mammals. Dr. Baillie assisted in further developing the IUCN Categories and Criteria and produced the first guidelines for applying the new system. He assisted in the development of the IUCN Categories and Criteria at the regional level and has worked with countries such as Mongolia to produce national Red Lists. He has also led the development of a National Red List website, a central source for National Red Lists data and Action Plans. In 2004 Dr Baillie contributed to the Global Mammal Assessment and was the lead editor of the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: A Global Species Assessment. In 2006 he created and headed the ZSL Indicators and Assessment Unit. During this time he assisted in the development of the Red List Index and as co-chair of the Red List Index Working Group, led the development of the IUCN Sampled Red List Index (SRLI). The SRLI project has now provided robust estimates of the conservation status of all vertebrates, a number of invertebrate groups and in the process, has more than doubled the number of invertebrate conservation assessments. Dr Baillie is now assisting with the development of Red List Categories and Criteria for ecosystems. 

Dr Elizabeth Bennett

Dr Elizabeth Bennett

Vice President for Species Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460

Email: liz[at]


Dr Elizabeth Bennett is currently Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) based at WCS’s head office in New York. In this role, she oversees WCS’s species conservation programmes around the globe, and in WCS’s zoological collections in New York. Prior to this, she oversaw WCS’s global programmes on hunting and wildlife trade, including addressing bushmeat issues in Africa and wildlife trade in China. An experienced field conservationist, she spent more than 20 years in Malaysia, initially conducting field research on primate ecology and the impacts of hunting and logging on wildlife, then moving into the government policy and legislative arena. Her involvement with IUCN goes back to 1988 when she co-authored the first Threatened Primates of Africa Red Data Book, she is a long-term member of the Primate Specialist Group, and an active participant in all recent IUCN Congresses. Elizabeth writes extensively, with more than 110 scientific and popular publications, focusing especially on wildlife conservation in tropical forests, including primate conservation, and hunting and wildlife trade. 

Dr Stuart Butchart

Dr Stuart Butchart

Head of Science

Birdlife International
Wellbrook Court
Girton Road
Cambridge CB3 0NA

Email: stuart.butchart[at]


Dr Stuart Butchart is Head of Science at BirdLife International – a global Partnership of over 120 national environmental organisations. He oversees a team of scientists helping the BirdLife Partnership to set robust priorities for conserving species and sites, understanding the key threats to biodiversity and identifying the priority solutions required. BirdLife is the Red List Authority for all birds on the IUCN Red List, and Stu has been involved in this work for over a decade, including leading the development of the Red List Index, sitting on the Red List committee since 2004 and chairing the Red List Technical Working Group from 2009 to 2013. He has worked in conservation science at BirdLife since 2002, having carried out a PhD and post-doctoral research in behavioural ecology at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge, UK. His research publications have covered topics including detecting extinctions, assessing extinction risk, Data Deficient species, deforestation, climate change impacts, protected areas, reintroduction, conservation breeding, invasive alien species eradications, quantifying conservation success, biodiversity indicators, monitoring and ecosystem services.

Wendy Elliott

Wendy Elliott

Lead, Species Conservation Strategy

WWF International
Avenue du Mont Blanc
1196 Gland


Email: WElliott[at]


Wendy is the Lead, Species Conservation Strategy for WWF-International, responsible for shaping the development of WWF's species conservation strategies across the globe, and supporting their effective implementation. Over 12 years with the WWF International Species Programme Wendy has also led extensive international policy and campaign efforts to benefit a variety of species conservation objectives, including on topics such as wildlife crime and extractive industries. Prior to joining WWF, Wendy's field conservation experience included marine turtles in Greece, pollinators in Hawaii, and primates in Cameroon. Wendy holds a 1st Class degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol.

Dr Jon Hutton

Dr Jon Hutton


219 Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0D

Email: jon.hutton[at]


Jon Hutton is an authority on many aspects of international wildlife conservation policy, including CITES and wildlife trade, protected area management, community-based conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. Jon is Director of UNEP-WCMC and continues on the board of Directors at ResourceAfrica (UK), a position he has had since 1998. He was also Regional Director for Africa within Fauna and Flora International. Jon retains a strong academic interest in conservation and sustainable use and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography in the University of Cambridge and a Senior Associate of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. His experience ranges from the management of zoological collections though field ecology, practical wildlife management and conservation policy to integrated land-use planning, institution-building, programme management, public awareness and fundraising.

Taej Mundkur

Dr Taej Mundkur

Flyway Programme Manager

Wetlands International
Horapark 9
The Netherlands

Email: taej.mundkur[at]


Taej Mundkur, from Pune, India, undertook both a BSc (1982) and an MSc (1984) in Microbiology from Pune University. He then switched to his real passion - waterbird ecology - and completed a PhD from Saurashtra University, Rajkot (1990).
He serves as Flyway Programme Manager at Wetlands International and is responsible for developing and coordinating migratory waterbird and wetland programmes across the world’s major flyways. He serves as Chair of the CMS Flyways Working Group.
Taej started his career with Wetlands International (then called the Asian Wetland Bureau) in Malaysia in 1991where he coordinated waterbird programmes, and ended up there as Regional Director of Wetlands International Asia–Pacific. He developed the Asian Waterbird Census and spearheaded coordination of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy (1996-2006) involving governments, conventions, NGOs, technical experts and others. He also advised development of flyway initiatives in the East Asian - Australasian and Central Asian flyways.
Promoting an integrated approach to tackling zoonotic diseases on birds, poultry and people, he supported the UN-led Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and he spent a year at the FAO in Rome strengthening capacity of veterinarians and wildlife staff in Africa, Europe and Asia, for which he was nominated as a CMS Champion in 2008.
Taej has been an active member of several waterbird specialist groups and currently coordinates them at Wetlands International.

Will Turner

Dr Will Turner

Chief Scientist

Conservation International
2011 Crystal Dr #500
Arlington, VA 22202

Email: wturner[at]


As Chief Scientist at Conservation International, Will Turner oversees conservation and research in a variety of areas including biodiversity, economics, conservation planning, policy, and monitoring. Dr. Turner studied computer engineering at the University of Texas and earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona. His popular and peer-reviewed writings address issues including species conservation, climate change, ecosystem services, ecology, evolution, cities, monitoring and accountability, and the psychological relationships between people and nature.

IUCN Secretariat

Jane Smart

Dr Jane Smart

Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group; Director, IUCN Global Species Programme

IUCN Headquarters
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland

Email: Jane.Smart[at]


Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group comprises the Global Species Programme, Global Protected Areas Programme, World Heritage Programme, as well as the Invasive Species Initiative and TRAFFIC. Jane also takes a lead role in facilitating work to implement the Valuing and Conserving Biodiversity Area of IUCN’s Programme (2012-2016). As Director of the Global Species Programme, Jane is responsible for around 45 staff based in Switzerland, Washington DC, US and Cambridge, UK and is responsible for managing the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™. She is focal point for the Species Survival Commission.
Jane trained as a botanist and began her professional life as a plant ecologist. In 1989 Jane founded Plantlife International, becoming its first Chief Executive. In 1993, she initiated Planta Europa, the network of organizations working for plant conservation across Europe. Prior to joining the IUCN Secretariat, Jane was Chair of the IUCN UK National Committee, as well as a long standing member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee. In 2003 she was awarded the OBE for services to international conservation.

Dr Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Head, IUCN Species Programme

Dr Jean-Christophe Vié

Deputy Director, Global Species Programme; SOS Director

IUCN Headquarters
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland

Email: jean-christophe.vie[at]


Jean-Christophe joined the Species Programme in 2001 as its Deputy Head. He oversees many diverse aspects of the Programme, including biodiversity assessments and input into several international agreements. He took the responsibility of developing SOS (Save our Species), which he oversees now. His involvement with IUCN started 21 years ago when he was invited to join the SSC. In early 2000, he joined the IUCN West Africa Regional Office where he was in charge of coordinating all aspects of the IUCN programme in Guinea Bissau. Jean-Christophe has extensive field experience in various parts of the world including Africa, South America, Saudi Arabia and the USA, where he spent 15 years. He started his career as a wildlife veterinarian with a main interest in primates. He has worked on the reintroduction of the Arabian Oryx, translocation of primates, marine turtles and protected area management and designed projects covering a wide variety of Neotropical species. In 1994 he created an NGO (Kwata) in French Guiana where he spent 8 years. He has also published a number of scientific articles and books.

Steven Broad

Mr Steven Broad

Executive Director

TRAFFIC International
219a Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL

Email: Steven.Broad[at]


Steven Broad is Executive Director of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. He is responsible for TRAFFIC’s global operation as a partnership between WWF and IUCN, and leadership of a team of 120 staff based in 30 countries world-wide. TRAFFIC delivers research findings, policy advice, capacity building and public outreach to address conservation and development concerns related to trade in wild animals and plants, ranging from trade in ivory and tiger products to fisheries, timber and medicinal plants. Working for IUCN and TRAFFIC since the mid-1980s, Mr Broad built up diverse experience in trade research, regulation support, policy, training and facilitation work. He was TRAFFIC’s regional director for the ASEAN region, based in Malaysia during 1993-1995, before taking up his current post.
Mr Broad has a B.Sc in Environmental Studies from the University of Hertfordshire and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the WWF UK Programme Committee and the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. He also serves as an advisor to the Pew Marine Fellowship Program and the Whitley Awards for Nature Conservation, is Chair of the board of directors of the Marine Aquarium Council and has recently joined the board of FairWild Foundation.

Dr Thomas Brooks

Dr Thomas Brooks

Head, Science and Knowledge

IUCN Headquaters
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland

Email: thomas.brooks[at]


Thomas Brooks, from Brighton, U.K., holds a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He heads Science and Knowledge at IUCN. He also holds visiting positions at ICRAF-the World Agroforestry Center in the University of the Philippines Los Baños and in the Department of Geography of the University of Tasmania. He has extensive field experience in tropical forests of Asia, South America and Africa. His interests lie in threatened species conservation (especially of birds) and in biodiversity hotspots (especially in tropical forests), and he has authored 203 scientific and popular articles, including 92 indexed in the ISI ‘Web of Science’ of which 23 have been in ‘Nature’ or ‘Science’. He has served on the SSC Red List Sub-Committee since 2001, on the SSC Steering Committee since 2004, and on the SSC-WCPA Joint Taskforce on ‘Biodiversity and Protected Areas’ Committee since 2009.

Richard Jenkins

Dr Richard Jenkins

UK Manager

Global Species Programme
219c Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL

Email: richard.jenkins[at]


Richard is the UK Manager of IUCN's Global Species Programme in Cambridge, UK. His early career focussed on bird conservation and ecology and he spent many a happy day in the reed beds and upland rivers of Wales. During the last decade, Richard lived in Madagascar where his work concentrated on species conservation and he established a national NGO that supports communities to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity. Richard’s experience there was diverse as he ran projects on fish, frogs, baobabs, bushmeat, chameleons and bats; the conservation of Madagascar's biodiversity remains close to his heart. With IUCN, his work includes The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and CITES. He is also a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Steering Committee.