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The EPI is an inter-governmental initiative supported by the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, by acting as its secretariat. The EPI Foundation is financially supported by two leading conservation charities, Stop Ivory & Conservation International.
EPI Foundation: UK Registered Charity No. 1182805. UK Registered Company No. 11594608. 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD. Stop Ivory: UK Registered Charity No. 1152332. UK Registered Company No. 8360909. 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD. Stop Ivory Inc: US registered non-profit organization, tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, No. 81-2283286. Conservation International: Registered as a 501(c)(3) organisation, No. 52-1497470. 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202

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The EPI Foundation is the secretariat for the EPI. It is the legal entity charged with helping member states obtain the finance and technical expertise required for the implementation of National Elephant Action Plans. 

The EPI is supported by the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, an independent UK registered charity, regulated by the UK's Charity Commission. The EPI Foundation works in conjunction with Stop Ivory and Conservation International, which have served as the EPI's secretariat since 2015.




CEO Conservation International

M. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist whose work spans from genetics to wildlife migration to nature’s impacts on human well-being. Sanjayan joined Conservation International in 2014, overseeing its successful $1.1 billion capital campaign and its critically acclaimed brand campaign, “Nature Is Speaking,” along with its push into virtual-reality filmmaking. Sanjayan holds a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and his peer-reviewed scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology. He is a visiting researcher at UCLA and a distinguished professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is also a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute


Chairman and Special Projects Manager, Northern Rangelands Trust 

Ian has spent most of his life in northern Kenya and is familiar with the challenges of wildlife conservation and community development in the region. He has developed a personal relationship with many communities based on a foundation of trust, continuity, shared experiences and a common vision. He was a founding board member of both Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, and served as Executive Director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy before becoming a founding member of the Northern Rangelands Trust in 2004 together with key individuals from the community member areas. In 2016, Ian was awarded an OBE for services to conservation and security to communities in Kenya.


Managing Associate,

Mishcon de Reya 

Alex is a zoologist and a solicitor. He has significant experience in conservation, development and business in sub-Saharan Africa. His legal practice at Mishcon de Reya focusses on litigation and he has worked extensively in protected area management as well as international policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a trustee of Tusk Trust. Alex was recently awarded Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Conservationist of the Year for his work to protect African elephants and stop the ivory trade. In 2013, Alexander established independent NGO Stop Ivory to support five African countries to launch the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI).







Miles has decades of experience in finance, is a committed conservationist, and has worked and lived across Africa. Having worked as an adviser to the Central Bank of Botswana, as a global multi-asset investment manager with JPMorgan, and recently, as Head of Strategy at Jupiter Asset Management. Miles is based in Kenya. He is a pilot, and takes time to fly elephant patrols.

Programme Director

John is a former senior diplomat with significant experience in international and multi-lateral relations. He has worked extensively in Africa, an experience which stimulated an abiding passion for conservation.

Senior Technical Advisor

Winnie is a well known wildlife biologist who has been working to protect Kenya’s wildlife for 20 years. Winnie previously served as the regional representative of the UK based charity, Born Free Foundation and as a Trustee of Kenya Wildlife Service.




Director of

National Elephant Action Plans

Director of


Technical Director,

Stockpile Management

Hugo is a wildlife ecologist with a Ph.D. in elephant ecology and more than 35 years of experience with wildlife research, management and law enforcement. Hugo’s last long-term posting was with the Netherlands Development Organisation in Ghana, seconded to the Wildlife Division as Senior Technical Advisor wildlife management.

Barnaby spent 15 years at the BBC reporting from Africa. He was based in Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2006 he joined Al Jazeera English, reporting from around the world. After 27 years in journalism, Barnaby joined the EPI in 2018. He’s excited at the opportunity to try and influence events, having spent so long reporting on them.

Ruth has a Masters in Conservation and over 15 years experience working in conservation. She worked with WCS in Gabon and Tanzania for over 12 years, in a variety of roles predominately focused on elephants and supporting law enforcement.




Director of Operations

Technical Advisor

Regional Lead Horn of Africa

Jasmine studied at the University of Exeter and the College of Law before joining Stop Ivory in 2013. She has a longstanding interest in the illegal wildlife trade and a passion for travel and people. Her expertise in management, writing and research are critical to the team and its work.

Dolmia has a Ph.D. in African elephant ecology. He has 26 years of wide-ranging experience in conservation policy and strategy, as well as program management. Dolmia mainly works for the Chadian Government, but also collaborates with various international institutions and NGOs.

Greta is an Ethiopian-Italian International Consultant with extensive experience in wildlife conservation, crime and sustainable rural development. Over the last 10 years, she has delivered projects dealing with natural resource management, conflict, ecotourism, the illegal wildlife trade, and local community livelihoods from Ethiopia to South Africa and across East Africa.



Operations Manager

Communications & Project Officer


Conservation Programme Manager

Sophie is a conservation biologist with a particular interest in African wildlife and conservation. She has an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity and an MbyRes in Wildlife Disease Management and has worked at London's Natural History Museum, the Zoological Society of London and the Food and Environment Research Agency.

After studying the politics of sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Bristol, Alice worked in brand communications and strategy for international clients including Heineken, Coca Cola and Unilever. Following this she joined a social enterprise to build a business framework to address human-elephant conflict through community livelihoods, as well as managing licensing initiatives for the Maasai tribe.

Sara graduated in Law from the University of Exeter and previously worked as a Management Consultant in London for one of the Big Four. With a passion for human rights and travel, she spent 3 months volunteering in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and recently took an enriching solo trip around the world. Having a great love of animals, Sara’s excited to be working for a cause she feels passionate about.


Inventory & Technology Lead

With a background in Applied Computer Science, Kiprotich is based in Kenya as a senior project manager for Bityarn Consult, with experience implementing information systems for wildlife protection, including the EPI’s ivory Stockpile Management System.