Dr Jane Goodall (Advisor & Patron)
Dr Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire and United Nations Messenger of Peace. She is a world-renowned humanitarian and environmentalist. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.
Dr Annette Hübschle-Finch
Annette Hübschle-Finch is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Criminology where she is setting up the Environmental Security Observatory (ESO), a joint initiative of the Centre, the Global Risk Governance Programme (located in the Institute for Humanities in Africa at University of Cape Town) and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Her current research focuses on the governance of safety and security, with a specific focus on illegal wildlife economies and the ecosystems that support them, as well as their intersections with legal economies.
Before joining UCT, Annette was a doctoral student and researcher in the Illegal Markets research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Her doctoral research explored why illegal markets in rhino horn are so resilient in spite of the myriad measures employed to disrupt them. Part of the fieldwork involved her following rhino horn from the African bush to consumer markets in Asia.
Annette worked for one of Africa’s leading applied policy research institutes, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Annette was first a researcher, and then a senior researcher with the Organized Crime and Money Laundering Programme in the Cape Town offices of the ISS between 2002 and 2011. She led and conducted research into organized crime and terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa, which relied heavily on fieldwork and networking with stakeholders from intergovernmental, regional, national and law enforcement entities, civil society and academia.
Don MacRobert was a legal consultant at ENSafrica with over 29 years’ experience. He has acted for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela himself on matters requiring litigation. He currently represents Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Graca Machel / Mandela and Winnie Mandela. Don was Founder Chairman of the Lawyers for Human Rights movement in Pretoria, and is past president of the Pretoria Chamber of Commerce and the South African Licensing Executive Society.
Don is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. Don has received the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary International group as well as the St Michael’s Award and was the runner-up for the International IP Lawyer of the Year Award Madame Tussauds (2008).
Ever Vimbai Chinoda
Advocate Ever Vimbai Chinoda is an International Animal Law Advocate. She is the Founder and Co-director of an international non-profit organization [Speak Out For Animals] that seeks to protect animals through the legal system in Africa. Speak Out for Animals is organized to educate on animal law and lobby for policies and legislation that are in the best interest of animals in Africa. Through Speak out for Animals she has facilitated the training of 20 lawyers on animal laws, inspiring the best and the brightest minds to apply creative legal strategies to help establish greater legal protections for animals through case monitoring of wildlife cases.
She is a seasoned Lawyer herself who graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 2010. She Joined Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in 2012 as a Wildlife Attorney, at which time she trained rangers throughout the country on wildlife law. She worked as a prosecutor for three years under the National Prosecuting Authority in Zimbabwe where she prosecuted several animal related crimes with resounding success.
In 2016, she rejoined Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and she compiled a wildlife reference guide and case monitored the case of Cecil, the lion. Ever has trained prosecutors, lawyers, rangers and police officers on wildlife law. Ever holds a Master’s degree in Animal Law from Lewis and Clark Law School, USA which makes her one of the few African Animal Lawyers and the first in Southern Africa. She is now a renowned International speaker and has made presentations on several international forums including the 25th Animal Law Conference, Global Animal Law Conference in Hong Kong, Free the Elephants Inter Conference and Film Festival in Portland. She obtained her Bachelor of Law Honors at the University of Zimbabwe and a post graduate Masters degree in Corporate Governance and Strategic Management. Ever’s vision is to see African lawyers dedicate their time and practice to animal law.
Janet McCartney is the Founder and a Principal of PDW Inc, one of the largest event production companies in North America situated in Vancouver, Canada where she crafted and led teams designed to produce and manage complex multi-level projects and internationally award-winning events for a diverse range of organizations.
She served on the leadership team as a Director of TED Conferences and has directed the growth, design and development of over 60 annual TED Conference events since it changed ownership in 2002, and whose mission is to provide a platform for spreading ideas to everyone, free of charge and creating impact in some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Janet started her career in tourism marketing where she managed the highly successful tourism marketing team for Expo 86, developed the brand marketing for Tourism Vancouver, and established Jasper and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in international ski markets which solidified the viability of the resort into a year-round operation.
Animal welfare, conservation and the environment have been her North Star and has led to parallel work to protect and improve the lives of all species and their natural habitats by driving change forward to elevate the conversation that recognizes human behavior and actions that affect the lives of other species, one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Janet is a Board Member of Save the Chimps, a retirement sanctuary for the largest group of chimps in captivity, most of who were rescued from a biomedical research lab as well as the chimps that were used for testing in the NASA Space Program. The sanctuary will allow the chimps to live out their lives in peace; it is not open to the public.
Dr Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy Anderson has almost 40 years experience in Wildlife Conservation. Starting as a Game Ranger in Zululand, he then became a biologist in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in Zimbabwe working on game ranching and elephant and buffalo population management. He obtained his Ph.D. on the ecology of Nyala in Zululand and then worked on lion management in Umfolozi before becoming Director of Pilanesberg National Park, and then Director of the KaNgwane Parks Board (now the Mpumalanga Parks Board).
He has undertaken a variety of conservation projects in Africa (Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia) and further afield (Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sri Lanka, and China). He was a partner in an innovative ecotourism company and consults on nature-related tourism in Africa to a major international leisure group. His wide range of experience, particularly in evaluating, planning and managing protected areas and wildlife utilization projects, is a useful bridge between scientists and field managers. He has published 30 scientific papers.
Major General Johan Jooste
Maj. Gen. Johan Jooste is the Head of Special Projects for South African National Parks (SAN Parks). The 63-year-old ex-army general joined the organisation in 2013, and has been tasked with one of South Africa's biggest, most immediate challenges: combatting the scourge of rhino poaching. Responsible for critical environmental asset protection in the 22 National Nature Conservation Parks in South Africa.The full spectrum of strategic, operational and tactical level planning and deployment of internal and external resources. Interaction with the multitude of private and public stakeholders - national and international.
Professor John Simons
Professor John Simons is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University and has published extensively on the issues of animal rights, animal protection and vegetarianism. He is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also an auditor for The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), an Auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA now TEQSA) and a member of the peer review College of the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Philip Wollen, OAM
Philip Wollen, at 34 was Vice-President of Citibank. The Financial Press named him in the “Top 40 Brightest and Best” executives in Australia.
During his travels, by age 40 he’d witnessed cruelty so egregious he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, and give away everything he owned, with warm hands, and die broke. He jokes “So far, we are right on budget!”
Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes”, supporting some 500 mission-critical projects for children, animals and the environment in 40+ countries. Promoting “Ahimsa” (non -violence) and Veganism is his main interest.
He is the Patron and Ambassador for many international groups.
He supports Children, Animals, & the Environment for schools, orphanages, animal protection, shelters, clinics, medicines, biogas plants, ambulances, bore-wells; sponsored a married couple (cancer survivors) to run one marathon a day for 366 consecutive days around Australia’s coast in 1 year, funded marine vessels, whale & seal rescue centres, primate sanctuaries, food, disaster relief, homeless people, victims of domestic violence, scholarships, the arts, health, forests and oceans, undercover anti-poaching operations through his operational “silos”, Kindness Farms, Kindness House, Kindness Oceans, Kindness Kids, Kindness Streets, & Kindness Mobile Restaurants for the Homeless.
Philip awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal & $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK), Dr Professor T. Colin Campbell (USA), Dr Ian Gawler OAM (Australia), Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Smt Maneka Gandhi MP (India), Captain Paul Watson (Canada), Dr Jill Robinson MBE (China), Dr Christine Townend (Australia), Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden), Mr Christopher DeRose (USA), Rev. Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford), Mr Damien Mander (Zimbabwe), Sri Pradeep Kumar Nath (India), Dr Chinny Krishna (India).
Mr Sean Willmore
Sean Willmore is a former Australian Park Ranger (11 years) and now Founder and Managing Director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, and the current President of the International Rangers Federation, a non-pro organization made up of 60 Ranger Associations in 46 countries, established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. It is the largest ranger organisation in the world.
While undertaking his work Sean has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on 6 continents. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these warriors has won him international acclaim, through his documentary The Thin Green Line. His continual inspiration is the men and women, the park rangers worldwide, he represents who do this front-line work on a daily basis. In addition to producing an award-winning documentary The Thin Green Line, Sean has also helped develop a popular series of children’s books (Ranger in Danger), music cd (Green Line Grooves), and numerous music events and fundraisers. Sean is the recipient of a number of awards, including United Nations Association of Australia Environment Award, International Ranger Federation Presidents Award, Royal Humane Society of Australia Bravery award, Awarded Honorary Lifetime Californian Ranger Award, Herald Sun Pride of Australia Medal and the Melbourne Sustainability Award for Contribution to Sustainability.
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni
Born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, activist, and advisor to businesses and governments around the world.
An impassioned vegan and animal rights activist, Sebastiano is a global authority on plant-based business and investment, dedicated to disrupting the current food system and to removing animals from the supply chain entirely.
He founded venture capital firm, Vegan Capital, and was an early (2013) investor in Beyond Meat. He is also a partner in Blue Horizon, a Swiss-based investment company at the crossroads of food security, health, sustainability, and animal rights. With his partner, Miray Zaki, he co-founded Dismatrix, a newly launched fund dedicated to dynamic capital solutions and vegan investments.
Having been involved in animal rights activism since the age of 15, Sebastiano serves on the advisory boards of Sea Shepherd, Animal Equality and Project Coyote, and serves on the board of Animal Outlook and the Culture & Animals Foundation. He recently launched the Plant-Based Empowerment Foundation, dedicated to plant-based nutrition and education projects, focused on women and children, in Senegal.
He is the owner of renowned Tuscan winery Querciabella, whose innovative approach to vegan, organic, and biodynamic winemaking has won the brand innumerable awards, including “Best Wine of Italy” in 2004. Together with his partners Monia Caramma and Scott Stoll, he created top-quality gluten-free pasta brand Bontasana, and will launch a 100% organic, vegan baby food company in the next few months.
Sebastiano serves as an advisor to NRS (New Reality Solutions), a US- and Israel-based company whose cancer diagnostic and management tools are poised to revolutionize the sector. He was listed as one of the top ten art advisors in the world by Billionaire Magazine and served as Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy from 2014 to 2016.
Based in Lugano, Switzerland, Sebastiano divides his time between the US, Europe, and Asia.
Susan Vitka is a seasoned early and growth stage investor, with particular interest in life sciences, health tech, and information sciences. She has over 30 years of experience advising startups, Fortune 50s (including some of the world’s most valuable companies), large family offices, and sovereign wealth funds on innovative investment strategies. She has served on (and chaired) numerous governing and advisory boards in the US and abroad, including the Nobel and MacArthur Prize winning Physicians for Human Rights, the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, and the global health program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Susan currently chairs the board of the DC Environmental Film Festival, the world’s premier environmental film festival.
Victor K. Muposhi
Professor Victor K. Muposhi is a Deputy Dean and Coordinator for the MSc in Biodiversity Conservation Degree in the School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe. Victor is a holder of a Doctor of Philosophy in Conservation Biology (Chinhoyi University of Technology, 2016), an MSc in Conservation Biology (Bindura University, 2009), a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences Honours in Wildlife and Rangeland Management (Bindura University, 2005) and a Certificate in Community Based Wildlife Management (Southern Africa Wildlife College, 2009). His DPhil project was focused on the sustainability of trophy hunting in modern day conservation with particular focus on Zimbabwe.
Victor has published several articles on wildlife population and behavioural ecology, sustainable use ecological modelling, wildlife re-introduction programmes, and conservation science. He believes if women are given their rightful place in conservation, it would be easy to engage communities and make them the ‘first line of defence’ in most protected areas in Africa. Of late, Victor has developed much interest in illegal wildlife trade, law enforcement and women empowerment in conservation. He endeavours to develop and support complementary pathways that engage and support communities to create an enabling environment thus reducing source markets for illegal wildlife trade.
People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business”.
At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 400,000 women in 8 conflict areas. It also distributed more than $100 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members.
Salbi is also the host and creator of several TV shows including #MeToo, Now What on PBS (2018), The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016) and The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world.
Salbi is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, Freedom is an Inside Job, and If You Knew Me You Would Care. She is currently the editor at large at Women in the World.
Dr Ian Player - Patron (Deceased)
Dr Ian Player was one of the world’s most outstanding conservationists and environmental statesmen. Born in South Africa in 1927, he "earned his stripes" in the transitional era during which Africa’s protected areas were being created and tested. With his team, he pioneered the saving of the white rhino from extinction through Operation Rhino.
After leaving government wildlife service, Ian founded the Wilderness Leadership School, the first organization in Africa dedicated to providing a pure wilderness experience for people of all backgrounds, races and nationalities. Started during the troubled days of apartheid, this multi-racial education and experiential program spawned a global network of conservationists from all sectors of life who are committed to saving wilderness and wildlife.