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The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) president and vice-presidents are elected to serve for renewable terms of five years and are chosen from among people of distinction in conservation or public life more generally.
These are honorary roles with the post holders acting as ambassadors for the organisation, utilising their particular skills and experience in support of the organisation.
The president and vice-presidents are not therefore the Directors or Trustees of FFI.
HRH Princess Laurentien has worked on sustainability and environmental issues for several years. She was elected as FFI's new President in October 2012, having served as a vice-president since 2006, and previously as a Member of Council during 2003 and 2004. She was a Special Advisor to WWF and is currently a Special Advisor to 'Rewilding Europe' a Dutch Foundation which aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, and has also been, since June 2008, a Fellow of the European Climate Foundation.
Princess Laurentien is the author of the Mr Finney children's book series (available in several languages) about sustainability and climate change. The Princess also established the Missing Chapter Foundation, an NGO that facilitates inter-generational dialogue involving children and young adults with a view to changing mind sets, primarily among decision-makers, in order to achieve a more sustainable future.
Princess Laurentien has a special focus on the promotion of literacy. In March 2009 she was appointed as the UNESO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, acting as an advocate for literacy globally. She is also a recipient of the Dutch Majoor Bosshardt (Salvation Army) Prize for her dedication in fighting illiteracy. The Princess established an agenda-setting NGO ´Stichting Lezen & Schrijven´ (reading and writing foundation) in the Netherlands aimed at preventing and reducing illiteracy. And she chaired the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Literacy in 2011 – 2012 and, in addition, holds a range of honorary positions in culture and language-related organizations, including President of the European Cultural Foundation.
Princess Laurentien's career has spanned a number of roles in strategic communications and journalism , with previous positions including Head of the Corporate Communications Practice for Webershandwick and BSMG Worldwide and deputy director of Edelman Worldwide, both international public relations agencies, and Executive Director of the Belmont European Policy Centre in Brussels, a think tank on European affairs. She holds a Master's degree (Journalism) from the University of Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree (Political Science) from the University of London.
She and her husband HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands have 3 children: Eloise (2002), Claus-Casimir (2004) and Leonore (2006).
Valerie Amos is a Labour politician and life peer and was appointed to the post of United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Office of the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in July 2010 following a distinguished career, most recently as the UK's High Commissioner to Australia. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Amos was Chair of the Royal African Society and a Fulbright Commissioner. Between 2003 and 2007, she served as Cabinet minister, Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development.
Ms. Amos was born in Guyana, South America and came to the UK aged nine. Besides a number of Honorary Doctorates, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies.
Baroness Amos became an FFI vice-president in 2010.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS is a broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the face and voice of natural history programmes has spanned more than 60 years. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.
Sir David's long collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit includes many ground-breaking nature documentaries: The Blue Planet (2001), the Unit's first comprehensive series on marine life: Planet Earth (2006), the biggest nature documentary ever made for television and the first in high definition; Life (2009) focussing on extraordinary animal behaviour; The Frozen Planet (2011) a major series on the natural history of the polar-regions, and the epic Africa (2013). More recently he has been collaborating with Sky, working on programmes for their 3D network including Flying Monsters 3D (2010); Kingdom of Plants 3D (2011); and Galapagos 3D (2012).
A number of Sir David's documentaries have adopted a more overtly environmentalist stance. In State of the Planet (2000), he assessed the impact of man's activities on the natural world whilst The Truth about Climate Change (2006) examined global warming. He also contributed a programme highlighting the plight of endangered species to the BBC's Saving Planet Earth project in 2007, the 50th anniversary of the Natural History Unit.
Sir David became a member of FFI in 1959 and has been a vice-president for 25 years. In that time he has offered enormous support to the organisation and attended numerous events, including last year's 110th Anniversary Event during which he was interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Libby Purves on the challenges of conservation for the future.
David is an international consultant and author of more than 40 books. He has written and presented 400 television programmes on botany, ecology, and environmental issues. He is a Special Professor of Geography at the University of Nottingham, an Honorary Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Durham, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Central Queensland.
David is President of many organisations, including The Conservation Foundation (Durham), the Surrey and Birmingham Wildlife Trusts, Coral Cay Conservation, the National Association for Environmental Education and the British Naturalists Association. He is vice-president of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, the Marine Conservation Society and the Wild Trout Trust.
He is a trustee of the Living Landscape Trust, an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and an Honorary Member of the Emirates Environment Group.
David has received The Dutch Order of the Golden Ark, the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Underwater Research and a BAFTA (the Richard Dimbleby Award).
Professor Bellamy has been a vice-president of FFI since 1983.
Lord Browne is Executive Chairman of L1 Energy and the Chairman of Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd. He was a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC from 2007–2015 and the Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director from 2010–2015. He was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2006–2011 and is current Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
Lord Browne served as Chief Executive of BP plc from 1995–2007 and on a variety of corporate boards, including Intel and Goldman Sachs. He was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1995–2005, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School until June 2010, and is now Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Lord Browne is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery, Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
In September 2015 he co-authored ‘Connect: How companies succeed by engaging radically with society.’
Lord Browne has been an FFI vice-president since 1999.
After completion of National Service and three years at Trinity College, Cambridge, Sir John joined the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in 1954. He served a number of tours in Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo and Hong Kong becoming Commander of British Forces there in 1980.
He later became Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces, and for 4 years served as the professional head of the Army (Chief of the General Staff) from 1988 and during the first Gulf War. He was later Governor and Commander-in-Chief in Gibraltar and Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Greater London.
Sir John is a Life Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (serving twice on Council); a Life Fellow of the Zoological Society of London since 1946 (President 1992); a Life Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London; a Trustee of WWF-UK 1988 – 1993 and a member of their Council of Ambassadors. He has also been vice-president of the Conservation Foundation; Ambassador of the World Land Trust; Chairman of the UK Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal (and was on the Main Board of the Trust in Nepal); formerly President British Schools Exploring Society and President of Trekforce and Coral Cay Conservation, as well as some 15 other conservation or natural history organisations.
Sir John is a Life Member of FFI becoming a vice-president in 2004, and is a keen supporter, regularly attending our events with Lady Chapple.
Dame Judi Dench is a multi-award winning English film, stage and television actress. She made her professional debut in 1957 and is regarded as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, enjoying both critical and popular acclaim. Dame Judi holds a number of honorary degrees and fellowships and is a supporter of a wide range of charities in the fields of the arts, education, health and human rights including The Leaveners, the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Little Foundation and Survival International.
Dame Judi became an FFI vice-president in 2010.
Lord John De Ramsey is a landowner and agriculturalist who farms his family's 6,000 acre estate around the village of Abbots Ripton, Huntingdonshire. His experience with the British agricultural scene was recognised in 1993 when he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.
He has held a number of other appointments including: Chair of the Cambridgeshire Farmers Union (1982), Director of the Shuttleworth Trust (1982-1995), Member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Plant Science Research (1984-1989), President of the Country Landowners Association (1991-1993), Director of Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd (from 1993), Crown Estate Commissioner (from 1994) and Director of the Lawes Agricultural Trust (from 1996).
However, Lord De Ramsey's interests are broader than that of agriculture alone. For 21 years he was a Director of the Cambridge Water Company and its Chairman from 1985-89. In 1994 he was appointed Chairman of the Environment Agency Advisory Committee whose responsibility was to advise on the establishment of the Environment Agency, bringing together The National Rivers Authority, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution & the Waste Regulation Authorities. When the Environment Agency was formed in 1995, he was invited to take on its Chairmanship.
Lord De Ramsey became an FFI vice-president in 2012.
Dr Lee Durrell has played an important role at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT) for more than 30 years. She was involved in the growth of their overseas conservation programmes, particularly in Madagascar, as well as in the development of the wildlife park and the International Training Centre in Jersey. Dr Durrell has sat on the governing boards of a number of well known wildlife organisations, including FFI's Council, and has contributed to the field of conservation through books, articles and speaking engagements.
Lee assumed the mantle of Honorary Director at DWCT on the death of her husband, Gerald Durrell, in 1995, and now acts as an ambassador and fund-raiser for Durrell, as well as a member of their Board of Trustees. In June 2011 she was awarded an MBE for services to conservation and the environment.
Dr Durrell became an FFI vice-president in 2002.
Mrs Fleischmann became an FFI vice-president in 2013.
For biographical information please see FFI Inc. Board.
Stephen Fry is a British actor, comedian, author, television presenter and film director. He presented the Last Chance To See on BBC television, a series of six programmes in which he followed in Douglas Adams' footsteps twenty years on and joins Mark Carwardine in search of endangered animals, including the mountain gorillas of DRC and the Northern White Rhino. Later, after becoming a vice-president for FFI, Stephen personally witnessed the translocation of four Northern White Rhino from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta, a reserve in Kenya - a last chance to save the genes of this Critically Endangered species.
Stephen Fry is an Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge, a Trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and a Patron of the Pure Trust. He became an FFI vice-president in 2009.
Michael Gollner is the Founder and Managing Partner of Operating Capital Partners, LLP, a privately held investment firm based in London that is focused on private equity investments.
The Firm also invests in venture capital investments through its wholly owned affiliate Operating Venture Capital, LLC. Prior to founding Operating Capital, Mr Gollner ran Citigroup's main private equity business in Europe as Managing Director–Europe of Citigroup Venture Capital and its successor firm, Court Square Capital Partners.
Prior to joining CVC, Michael worked for ten years in European Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs International and Lehman Brothers International. Mr Gollner has served as a director on a number of company boards over time and is currently the Executive Chairman of Madison Sports Group and also serves on the Board of Directors of Axway Software, The Idea Village, GetHealthy, Inc and Zlien, Inc.
Mr Gollner is a member of the President's Advisory Council at Tulane University and also serves on the Investment Committee of the New Orleans Start-Up Fund.
Mr Gollner lives in London with his wife and four children. He joined the FFI Conservation Circle in 2014 and has been personally assisting FFI with the management of our Belize programme.
He became a vice-president in 2014.
Rupert Goodman is the Chairman and Founder of FIRST, a multidisciplinary international affairs organisation. Founded in 1984, it aims to enhance communication between leaders in industry, finance and government worldwide and to promote strategic dialogue. Mr Goodman was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, and a was Trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales (2005-2008). Rupert Goodman is also a Trustee of the British-Kazakh Society, vice-president of The Algerian-British Business Association, a member of the International Advisory Council of Atlantic Publishing and a member of the Development Board of Artes Mundi.
Rupert became an FFI vice-president in 2011.
Edward Hoare retired in 2009 from a long career at C. Hoare & Co., a private bank in London. He continues to have an active involvement in its charitable activities and serves on the Family Forum of the Golden Bottle Trust.
Edward's interests include philanthropy, governance and accountability, raising standards, social entrepreneurship and changing the world. He is an amateur ornithologist and wildlife gardener. He enjoys countryside pursuits and has pioneered the introduction of location-based interactive guide technology in the early 1990s. He has been involved with FFI for many years and was its Treasurer from 1984 to 1996. He serves on FFI's Audit Committee and has been an FFI vice-president since 2007, with a particular interest in FFI's conservation programmes in Brazil.
The Lady Emma Kitchener LVO is the great-grandniece of the 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum. She is lady-in-waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent and was invested as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2000. In January 2011, when her husband Julian was elevated to the peerage, she also became Lady Fellowes of West Stafford.
Emma is President of The Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund, Patron of the Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre in Lowestoft and is also involved as a Patron or Ambassador to a number of charities including The Stroke Association, Changing Faces, Jermyn Street Theatre and the Southern Dachsund Association.
Emma was instrumental in the launch of FFI's Founders Circle initiative in 2005, which recruited a group of supporters from descendants of the Society's original members. She was key in helping to organise the inaugural Founders' Circle Dinner in 2006, which Julian, Emma and her Uncle Henry (the late 3rd Earl Kitchener) all attended. The Founders' Circle subsequently evolved into the current Conservation Circle.
The Lady Emma Kitchener LVO became an FFI vice-president in 2013.
Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand up comedian but has gone on to become Australia's most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television. He has also been a three-time recipient of Australia's most prestigious television award, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality.
Rove has a genuine passion for wildlife conservation and has visited a number of FFI's project sites since becoming an FFI vice-president in 2008.
Mr Phillips became an FFI vice-president in 2013.
For biographical information please see FFI Inc. Board.
Dr Rausing holds honorary doctorates from Uppsala University, Imperial College and SOAS, is a fellow of the Linnean Society, and the Royal Historical Society and an honorary fellow of the British Academy. She was educated at the UC, Berkeley and Harvard, where she also taught for eight years. She is the author of Linnaeus: Nature and Nation (Harvard, 1999) as well as numerous scholarly articles. Lisbet founded the Arcadia Fund in 2001, with her husband Professor Peter Baldwin, and has been an FFI vice-president since 2000.
Dr Claudio Segré is Chairman of the Board of Fondation Segré, which he established in 1996. The protection of nature and its biodiversity is a predominant interest of the Foundation, which has recently partnered with FFI to establish the Fondation Segré Conservation Fund.
Dr Segré graduated in law from the University of Rome, received a PhD in Economics from Yale University and subsequently joined the EEC Commission. He left public service to become a partner in the investment bank Lazard Frères & Cie in Paris. He now lives in Geneva and, besides his intense commitment to the Foundation, is also Chairman of Argus Fund, a Luxembourg global investment fund which he started in 1993.
Dr Segré was appointed as an FFI vice-president in 2013.
Rt Hon Mark Simmonds was recently a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister. He was Minister for Africa. His main responsibilities included Africa, The Caribbean, UK overseas territories (including Biodiversity) international energy relationships and the illegal wildlife trade. He co-chaired with the Foreign Secretary the Global Illegal Wildlife Conference hosted at Lancaster House. He has also chaired the UN Security Council on two separate occasions.
Mark now has several international roles including as a Senior Advisor and Consultant to Kroll, Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Investment & Enterprise Council and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Invest Africa. Mark is married and has three children.
He was elected as a vice-president in October 2015.
Hugh Sloane is co-founder of Sloane Robinson LLP, which was founded in 1993 and manages assets in a variety of products, primarily focused on long/ short equity in Emerging, Pacific and European markets. He was educated at Bristol University and Oxford, where he undertook a Masters in Economics. Hugh has had a lifelong interest in the natural world and has been a committed supporter of FFI's Halcyon Land & Sea fund since 2008. He was elected as an FFI vice-president in 2011.
Jon Stryker is the Founder and President of the Arcus Foundation, a private foundation with offices in Kalamazoo, Michigan, New York City and Cambridge, UK. The mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the Great Apes.
He is a founding Board Member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Florida and Greenleaf Trust in Kalamazoo. Mr Stryker is also a registered Architect in the State of Michigan and is President of Depot Landmark LLC.
Jon was elected to serve as an FFI vice-president in 2006.
Barbara Young became Chief Executive of RSPB in 1991 after a number of senior level posts in the health service. She was created a Life Peer in 1997 as Baroness Young of Old Scone and became Chair of English Nature in 1998 before joining the Environment Agency in 2000. She led the establishment of the Care Quality Commission before being appointed Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, a post she took up in November 2010.
Baroness Young has also served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the BBC and taken senior roles in various bodies concerned with wildlife, the environment and sustainable development. She has been an FFI vice-president since 1998.