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The Fauna & Flora International Australia Board Of Directors includes some of Australia's leading financiers, lawyers and academics.
Until May 2010 Lisa Gay was General Counsel & Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Group. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors of FFI Australia, she is a Trustee Board member of the Victorian Trust for Nature, Chairman of ASIC Market Disciplinary Panel and a Member of the Australian Securities Exchange Disciplinary Tribunal and Appeal Panel.
Lisa and her husband Ric have a 250 acre property in the Victorian high country where they share a passionate interest in revegetation and erosion prevention, having planted over 5,000 trees in the last three years on the property. They have been proud and loud eco-warriors since the early 80s.
Mike recently retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers after 35 years, giving him the time to follow his passion for the natural world. Mike graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Natural Science and Botany and his time with PriceWaterhouseCoopers included six years working in Papua New Guinea, helping locals develop their business skills. He remains a keen traveller and joined FFI Australia in early 2012 with the hope to see a number of the projects first hand. He has also taken on the role of Honorary Treasurer.
Angela is a current University Ombud and a Senior Lecturer at the UTS Faculty of Law. Prior to academia, Angela practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria and Solicitor in NSW for 18 years.
Angela's particular research interest is in the area of Biodiversity Conservation, with her doctoral dissertation examining the use of the Precautionary Principle in the listing of species, ecological communities and Key Threatening Processes under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 Act (Cth).
Angela has published and delivered conference papers nationally and internationally in the areas of world trade and quarantine regulation; biodiversity conservation; threatened species listing priorities and processes; and the implementation of the Precautionary Principle in environmental regulation, weed regulation and enforcement of environmental law.
Her current affiliations include scientific member of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW and institutional member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.
Tim King is Managing Director and head of Australian Company Research at Deutsche Bank. He has over 20 years of sell-side research experience. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in April 2003, Tim was head of Aust/NZ Telecommunications and Construction Materials Research at a major global investment bank. Prior to this, he ran pan-Asian capital goods research for a broking firm in Singapore for two years, and before that worked for an investment bank in Sydney as a top rated Australasian building materials analyst for six years. Tim has an MA (First Class Hons) from the University of Canterbury (NZ), and studied finance and economics at the Institut fur Weltwirtschaft (Kiel, Germany) and University of Rochester (USA). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Tim has considerable experience in REDD projects, and has worked with the Government of Ecuador on a National REDD strategy.
Mark has been a Board member of FFI Australia since 2008. As a trained zoologist, he spent the early part of his career as a wildlife officer and field biologist, specialising in the sustainable conservation management of wildlife, particularly crocodiles in Papua New Guinea. Mark has been at the helm of three Conservation Not for Profit organisations in the United Kingdom and is CEO of Fauna & Flora International since 1993, responsible for all the society's conservation operations across the world as well as for its financial and administrative management.
He is also a Board member of FFI Inc. in the US and of several local trusts and foundations in the Americas and Africa.
Deborah Snelson is a zoologist by training and has worked for the past 25 years for international conservation and development NGOs and as a consultant - based in New Zealand since 2001 and prior to that in Eastern Africa for 16 years. Her links with FFI were formed when she worked as the Deputy Director of the African Wildlife Foundation (1987-1997) and then as the Eastern Africa Regional Representative of WWF (1997 – 2000) collaborating with FFI on the flagship International Gorilla Conservation Programme. She has a strong interest in NGO organisational development and is excited to have joined the Board of Directors at a time when FFI Australia is working on a range of innovative and creative conservation initiatives both within Australia and its global programme.
Associate Professor Luca Tacconi has more than 15 years of experience in research and development assistance in international and national institutions, as a researcher, adviser, and consultant on rural development, participatory resource management, forestry, marine resources, watershed management, land tenure and land use planning, capacity building, and biodiversity conservation. Luca has wide experience in policy analysis, program and project identification, design, appraisal, implementation and review.
John Taberner was, for 20 years between 1988 and 2008, a partner in the Sydney office of Herbert Smith Freehills. Since 2008, he has been a full-time Consultant in that office. He has practised exclusively in the field of environmental law for over 27 years. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field. His experience includes all matters involving environmental legal issues. These include issues relating to land-use planning, pollution control, contaminated land and climate change. John served for four years as Secretary of the National Environmental Law Association of Australia, and for four years as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Bar Association's Committee on Environmental Law.