THE EPI FOUNDATION
The EPI Foundation is the secretariat for the EPI. It is the legal entity charged with helping member states conserve their elephants and securing the livelihoods of people who live alongside them.
The EPI is supported by the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, an independent UK registered charity, regulated by the UK's Charity Commission.
John Scanlon AO
Chief Executive Officer
John served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018, and has also held senior positions with IUCN in Germany, UNEP in Kenya and with government and the private sector in Australia. In 2019 John was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to wildlife and flora conservation and protection through roles with international organisations.
Director, Stockpile Management
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.
Dr Hugo Jachmann
Director, National Elephant Action Plans
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.
Head of Operations
Andrew was raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa and from a young age developed a passion for the outdoors and conservation. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics as well as MPhil Political Management at university, Andrew went on to serve overseas as a commissioned officer in the British Army. He then returned to Africa and immediately set about working in support of efforts to protect wild places and species across the continent. Andrew has led on the design and implementation of wildlife crime prevention and other broader conservation projects in a number of countries across Africa.
With a background in anthropology and nearly 15 years of experience in conservation, Hans has extensive experience in involving local communities in conservation projects and protected area management. Hans coordinated the environmental and grant management portfolios at the U.S. Embassy in Gabon as a Bilateral Assistant before joining The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as Freshwater and Fisheries Program Manager.
Ulysse is a forest engineer holding a Masters degree in Ecology. He has been working for the past ten years with the Government of Benin as a Senior Forest Officer, where he gained experience in wildlife monitoring and conservation. He also has a strong background in project management including, planning, finance, administration and field work. He conducted the Process of Benin adhesion to EPI in 2020 and was the first National Focal Point of Benin.
Dr. Winnie Kiiru
Director, Government Relations
Winnie holds a PhD in Biodiversity Management with a focus on elephant conservation and management. Winnie is a member of the African Elephant Specialist Group, a Trustee of the Kenya Wildlife Research Training Institute and the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. She is a founder member of Women for the Environment, Africa (WE Africa).
Greta F. Iori
Director, Programme Development
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.
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.
Head of Finance
Harry is an Associate Chartered Accountant and has a decade of experience working in finance and audit. Harry is a passionate environmentalist, and also serves as a Trustee to a London based charity providing free sports courses to children.
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.
José Pedro Agostinho
Project Officer, Angola
José has over 25 years’ experience working in senior positions for international NGO’s. This has included humanitarian aid work, with government and donor liaison, project management and operational oversight for stockpile management, de-mining and nutrition programmes. Based in Luanda, José works as an independent consultant for various national and international institutions, UN agencies and corporations.
Operations and Programmes Coordinator
Victoria has a long-standing interest in international development and communications, as well as a Masters in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King’s College London. With a lifelong love for wildlife and conservation, Victoria is excited to bring her passions together in her work at the EPI.
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.
Ian Craig, OBE
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.
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).