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Fauna & Flora International Management Team

The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Management Team is responsible for providing leadership, implementation and monitoring of the Business Plan and Strategy, and providing decision-making on activities required to deliver the fundraising and overall financial performance of the organisation.

The group develops and implements new systems and processes, and is responsible for effective dissemination of information around the organisation in order to ensure consistency of approach and the utilisation of best practice.

Lisa Gay

Mark Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Rose has held the role of Chief Executive at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) for over 20 years. During that time he has been instrumental in transforming FFI from an organisation with a handful of active projects into a multifaceted global conservation charity with a work programme comprising more than 100 projects in over 40 countries.

Mark is a board member of FFI Australia and several local trusts and foundations in Africa, Asia and the Americas. During his tenure at FFI he has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships that encourage big business to put biodiversity at the heart of the strategic planning process. Mark initiated the first international Business & Biodiversity conference at Chatham House in London, and has successfully developed numerous sustainable business initiatives in support of species and landscape conservation.

Mark has played a central role in establishing and managing numerous funds, including the Halcyon Land & Sea Fund, which to date has secured almost 6.5 million hectares of crucial wildlife habitat, and directly contributed to the conservation of more than 46 million hectares, an area larger than Sweden.

Mark has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading, internationally focused biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around the city. FFI is one of the founding partners of this ground-breaking initiative, at the hub of the largest cluster of conservation organisations in the world.

More recently, he has helped broker partnerships with the finance sector and local governments to develop models that can harness the economic value of ecosystem services such as carbon storage.

Prior to joining FFI in 1993, Mark was at the helm of several prominent conservation organisations in the UK and established a successful international consultancy.

Mark is a trained zoologist with extensive field experience, gained predominantly in remote parts of Africa and Asia-Pacific. His early conservation career as a field biologist included specialist roles in the sustainable management of wildlife, particularly crocodiles in Papua New Guinea.

Rosalind Aveling

Rosalind Aveling

Deputy Chief Executive

Rosalind Aveling is Deputy Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International. A primatologist and graduate of Bristol University, Rosalind spent her early career in Indonesia and central Africa, developing conservation initiatives for the Great Apes – orang utans, gorillas and chimpanzees. Often working from conflict zones has led to her particular interest in sustaining conservation through cycles of conflict or natural disaster. She is currently serving on the Technical Advisory Committee of the British Government's "Darwin Initiative" that assists countries around the world to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Jo Elliott

Jo Elliott

Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships

With an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School, Joanna spent her early career in banking and management consultancy before deciding to apply those economics and business skills to the conservation sector, in which she has worked for the past twenty years.

She has lived for extensive periods in Indonesia and Kenya, where she worked on long-term assignments for the World Bank, USAID Indonesia and Kenya Wildlife Service as well as WWF and The Nature Conservancy before joining the African Wildlife Foundation as Vice President for Program Design.

Her recent work has focused on biodiversity-poverty linkages, impact assessment, large scale project design, protected areas systems and conservation-business partnerships.

Joanna joined FFI in early 2013 as Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships based in Cambridge. She is also a visiting Fellow in Biodiversity and Society at the International Institute for Environment and Development and currently serves on the Darwin Expert Committee for DEFRA and DFID.

Svetlana Ignatieva

Svetlana Ignatieva

Chief Operating Officer

Svetlana joined FFI in October 2014 and is responsible for leading all operational functions, including Finance, HR, ICT, Governance, Legal and Facilities. Her role focusses on developing and embedding operational systems, policies and procedures to mitigate risk and ensure effective global management.

Svetlana started her career with Ernst & Young, working in corporate audit and consulting in the USA, the Netherlands and Russia. She then gained commercial experience with Cadbury plc and Econergy (part of British Gas). Svetlana's passion for sustainable development and conservation compelled her career move to the non-profit sector, where she held senior operational roles in the Institute for Sustainability and most recently in World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA). Svetlana holds an MBA from London Business School, where she focussed on finance, strategy and leadership and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, specialising in energy, emissions trading and environmental economics. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the USA and has an MBA Gateway Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA).

Rob Bensted-Smith

Dr Rob Bensted-Smith

Regional Director, Americas & Caribbean

Dr Robert Bensted-Smith is FFI's Regional Director for the Americas & Caribbean, based in Ecuador. He has a PhD in genetics from Cambridge University. His 20+ years experience in conservation in Latin America and Africa includes extended stints as Policy and Planning Advisor to Kenya Wildlife Service, Advisor to the Department of Environment in Zanzibar, Director of the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, and Andes Regional Director for Conservation International. Robert is absorbed by the whole array of themes involved in conservation and has special interest in islands and marine ecosystems.

Tony Whitten

Dr Tony Whitten

Regional Director, Asia-Pacific

Dr Tony Whitten was always destined to work in conservation. Growing up following inspirational naturalists such as Sir Peter Scott and Sir David Attenborough, his mind was made up by the age of four. Tony went on to read Biology at the University of Southampton, and later gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, studying Endangered Kloss's gibbons on the remote Siberut Island, west of Sumatra.

This unwittingly set the course for the rest of his career, which has focused on the incredible diversity of wildlife in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region. He has written numerous books, from the ecology of Indonesia's islands to freshwater fish and land snails.

Tony joined FFI in 2010 as Regional Director for Asia Pacific, where he oversees an incredibly broad range of projects, from tiger conservation in Sumatra to marine and coastal work in Cambodia and REDD+ projects in Kalimantan.

Paul Hotham

Paul Hotham

Regional Director, Eurasia

Paul has over 20 years conservation experience including work in the UK National Parks and voluntary sector and international conservation NGOs. His MSc thesis was undertaken in the Amboseli and Kilimanjaro National Parks on transboundary cooperation between protected areas. Paul has extensive experience in conservation capacity building and is a specialist on protected area management. In addition to managing the Eurasia Programme, Paul is also the project manager for FFI's Iberian lynx programme and projects operating in Tajikistan and Romania. He has a particular interest in the conservation of Mustelid species.

Stephen Brown

Dr Stephen Browne

Director of Operations, Asia-Pacific

Stephen was born raised in rural Norfolk, UK, where he grew to appreciate the beautiful countryside and wildlife around him, particularly birds. This interest culminated in a PhD on Turtle Dove breeding ecology in the arable farmland of East Anglia. For almost 15 years he undertook research on issues related to farmland bird ecology and conservation, before building on his interest in galliformes (pheasants and partridges) to work in Southeast Asia and China. Stephen joined FFI in 2006 as part of the Asia-Pacific Programme and is now the Asia-Pacific Director of Operations, where he helps oversee the 70 odd projects across the seven Asian countries that FFI works in. Stephen was based in Singapore for five years, where he managed the FFI office there and provided direct support to the regional team, and is now based in the Cambridge Office. Stephen is also an Adjunct Professor at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand, overseeing students from across Asia undertaking Masters or PhD studies on birds and conservation.

Liz Eaton

Liz Eaton

Head of Philanthropy

Liz has worked in the fundraising team at FFI since 2003, initially managing the organisation's centenary celebrations and fundraising drive, and then helping to develop the individual fundraising programme from there. She now focusses on managing the major donor fundraising programme for FFI, including the Conservation Circle, an exclusive group for committed donors giving significant funds to FFI, as well as trusts and foundations and corporate supporters. Previous to FFI, Liz worked at the Cambridge University Development Office, developing proposals for a range of University projects, including conservation.

Abigail Entwistle

Dr Abigail Entwistle

Director of Conservation Science

After studying Zoology at Oxford University and completing a PhD in bat ecology at Aberdeen University, Abi got her first grant to work on international conservation from FFI (then FFPS) in 1995 for a project on the flying foxes on Pemba Island, Tanzania. In 1996 she joined FFI - initially in a voluntary internship position - and has since held a range of positions within the organisation, including directing our operations in Eurasia. She has worked on a range of projects around the globe - in Africa, Eurasia, Asia and the Americas and is currently FFI's Director of Science. While she retains her interest in bat conservation, Abi is currently working on issues as diverse as climate adaptation and marine conservation.

Pippa Howard

Pippa Howard

Programme Director, Corporate Partnerships

Pippa Howard is the Director of the Business & Biodiversity Programme. Pippa has degrees in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Zoology and Development Management. She is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with over 20 years experience in a variety of spheres of biodiversity conservation, environmental management, impact assessment, development and sustainability. She has worked on projects in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ecuador, Alaska, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Liberia, Guinea, Chile, Spain, Bulgaria, Sultanate of Oman, Indonesia and Singapore. Pippa directs and is responsible for FFI's initiatives and partnerships with multinational corporations and all corporate affairs. She plays a key role in developing business and biodiversity strategy, business plans and financial management; provides specialist input to cross-sector partnerships and multidisciplinary programmes in biodiversity conservation; is a specialist in extractives sector environmental management, biodiversity risk assessment, action planning and management and biodiversity offsets design, management and implementation. Pippa also sits on a number of sectoral initiatives (BBOP, ICMM, GRI, IPIECA) and biodiversity advisory committees of extractive sector companies (De Beers, Rio Tinto, Nexen, Areva).

Marianne Carter

Marianne Carter

Director, Conservation Capacity & Leadership

Marianne leads a team engaging in efforts to build effective conservation capacity across FFI and our partner network, and developing conservation leadership skills globally. Prior to this, she spent nine years managing the Conservation Leadership Programme, based at BirdLife International. She started her career in the field, undertaking wildlife conflict research and leading community conservation education and awareness activities in Africa. She has an undergraduate degree in geography and an MSc in environmental management. With expertise in capacity building for conservation, facilitation and training - and a love for motivating, and building engagement, enthusiasm and commitment for conservation, Marianne's work allows her to support a huge diversity of inspiring people in their work to protect biodiversity worldwide.

Paul Herbertson

Paul Herbertson

Programme Director, Environmental Markets

Paul's key interests are sustainable business and the opportunities for investment in forests as a tool for conservation. Prior to working at FFI he lived and worked in Ecuador and Indonesia looking at a range of issues including oil exploration and palm oil. He also has experience in the UK working with the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency and recently spent time with F&C asset management and The Body Shop International. He has an MBA from the University of Cambridge, an MSc from King's College London and a BSc from Cardiff University.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in England and Wales, Registered Company Number 2677068. Registered Charity Number 1011102
Fauna & Flora International Australia (Ltd) is a company limited by guarantee, and recognised as a Charitable Institution (ABN 75 132 715 783, ACN 132715783)
Fauna & Flora International USA Inc is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Delaware with federal tax identification number 81-3967095. 501(c)(3) status for Fauna & Flora International USA Inc currently is pending IRS approval.
Fauna & Flora International Singapore is a public company limited by guarantee, Registration Number 201133836K. Registered charity under the Singapore Charities Act