Meet the EPI Implementation Board

  Kumara Wakjira                          Chair    Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Government of Ethiopia.

Kumara Wakjira                        Chair

Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Government of Ethiopia.

  Felix Monggae                            Vice-Chair    Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism, Government of Botswana.

Felix Monggae                          Vice-Chair

Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism, Government of Botswana.

  Prof. Lee White CBE            Vice-Chair   Executive Secretary, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, Government of Gabon.

Prof. Lee White CBE          Vice-Chair

Executive Secretary, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, Government of Gabon.

 
  Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla         Board Member   Minister for Wildlife & Tourism, Government of Tanzania. 

Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla       Board Member

Minister for Wildlife & Tourism, Government of Tanzania. 

  Dr. Dolmia Malachie         Board Member   General Inspector in Charge of Environment, Government of Chad.

Dr. Dolmia Malachie       Board Member

General Inspector in Charge of Environment, Government of Chad.

 

Meet the EPI Secretariat team

   John Stephenson                   Co-Secretariat of the EPI,   CEO of Stop Ivory   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.

 John Stephenson               Co-Secretariat of the EPI,   CEO of Stop Ivory

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.

   Keith Roberts                         Co-Secretariat of the EPI,   Conservation International   For more than 22 years, Keith has worked across Africa, and in Thailand, leading and training anti-poaching units, advising countries on wildlife law enforcement policies and strategies; and providing strategic guidance  to governments and organised crime agencies on how to address wildlife trafficking.

 Keith Roberts                       Co-Secretariat of the EPI,   Conservation International

For more than 22 years, Keith has worked across Africa, and in Thailand, leading and training anti-poaching units, advising countries on wildlife law enforcement policies and strategies; and providing strategic guidance  to governments and organised crime agencies on how to address wildlife trafficking.

   Dr. Winnie Kiiru                    EPI  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.

 Dr. Winnie Kiiru                   EPI 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.

 
  Dr. Hugo Jachmann                      NEAP Coordinator                          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.  

Dr. Hugo Jachmann                  NEAP Coordinator                    

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.  

  Dr. Dolmia Malachie    Technical Advisor   Dolmia- also a Board Member, see above- 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.

Dr. Dolmia Malachie  Technical Advisor

Dolmia- also a Board Member, see above- 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.

  Dr. Olivia Scholtz                Stockpile Management Technical Advisor    Olivia has a Masters in Biodiversity and Taxonomy, and a PhD on Forest Ecology and Evolution. She worked in Gabon for 10 years for the Wildlife Conservation Society, with a focus on protecting Gabon's elephant populations. With the EPI, Olivia is overseeing the ivory Stockpile Management System.

Dr. Olivia Scholtz              Stockpile Management Technical Advisor

Olivia has a Masters in Biodiversity and Taxonomy, and a PhD on Forest Ecology and Evolution. She worked in Gabon for 10 years for the Wildlife Conservation Society, with a focus on protecting Gabon's elephant populations. With the EPI, Olivia is overseeing the ivory Stockpile Management System.

 
  Barnaby Phillips                 Director of Communications   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. 

Barnaby Phillips             Director of Communications

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. 

  Sophie Ledger       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.

Sophie Ledger     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.

  Kiprotich Biwott            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. 

Kiprotich Biwott          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.