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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.
Mark has been FFI's Chief Executive Officer since 1993. 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. From 1985 to 1987 he was Conservation Manager of the Suffolk Trust for Nature Conservation and became the Director of the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust in 1988. He founded and directed the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire in 1990, and established a successful international consultancy, Cambridge Ecological.
In 1993 he joined FFI and to date he has been responsible for all FFI's conservation operations across the world and for the financial and administrative management of the society. He has been involved in the setting up and management of several funds including FFI's Halcyon Land & Sea (formerly Arcadia Fund), the FFI/Defra Flagship Species Fund, FFI's 100% Fund, the BP Conservation Award Programme, and also sat on the founding board of the Whitley Award Scheme. He is a Board member of FFI Inc., FFI Australia and several local trusts and foundations in the Americas and Africa.
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.
Mark is a CIMA qualified accountant with a Business Studies degree and has over 20 years experience in a wide variety of sectors. Commencing his career in manufacturing with Smiths Industries and then with a variety of other manufacturing entities, Mark then subsequently worked in the education, support services and central government sectors before joining FFI.
He has been involved in all aspects of financial management and control, as well as implementing a significant number of change management projects, working with Amey Plc on a company-wide SAP implementation and advising the DTI on financial management processes and organisational design.
Mark has organisational responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, IT, Facilities and Corporate Governance within FFI, providing strategic direction as well as developing the management frameworks and controls.
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.
Katie has more than twenty years experience in conservation, and is both a seasoned field practitioner and well-respected international conservationist. She assumed her leadership role for FFI as Executive Director in the United States in 2003, and has substantially grown the US constituency for the work of FFI globally, through a strategic focus on endangered species and habitat as flagships. Katie draws strongly from years spent living in Rwanda, where she was Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) from 1995-1997, and now represents FFI on the IGCP Board of Directors. Katie completed her Master's degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies, and her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in French, her second language. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.
Rob joined FFI in June 2004, initially working in the Corporate programme on engagement with the mining sector. Since 2006 he has been Director of the Africa Programme, overseeing ca. 40 projects in 14 countries. Rob read Zoology at Oxford, studied the behavioural ecology of naked mole-rats in Tsavo NP for his doctorate, and has been a rhino conservation specialist since 1986. He has served on the senior staff of two wildlife authorities, as Coordinator of the national Rhino Conservation Programme for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Senior Wildlife Biologist in the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). Before joining FFI in June 2004, Rob coordinated a regional programme for IUCN on rhino conservation in ten southern African countries under the umbrella of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to FFI upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.
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.