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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 is a Special Advisor to WWF and 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 literacy. 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 is a broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the respected face and voice of natural history programmes has spanned more than 50 years.
He is best known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet. 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 has been a member of FFI for more than 50 years and a vice-president since 1980.
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.
John Browne stood down as Chief Executive of BP in May 2007 after a career spanning more than 30 years. He has been a cross-bench member of the House of Lords since 2001 and at the end of 2010 he was appointed as one of the Government's Lead Non-Executive Directors.
Lord Browne's other positions include Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Royal Society. He is a past President of the British Science Association and in January 2009 was appointed as Chair of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery.
Lord Browne has been an FFI vice-president since 1999.
Field Marshal Sir John Lyon Chapple was a career British Army officer in the second half of the 20th century. He served as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1989 to 1992. He was also Governor of Gibraltar from 1993 to 1995.
He has served as President of the Zoological Society of London, is a Life Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and, amongst other current roles, is a Trustee of the UK Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal, vice-president of The Conservation Foundation and Chairman of the UK Council of Ambassadors of WWF.
Field Marshal Chapple became an FFI vice-president in 2004.
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, known as "Dielle" is the great granddaughter of Charles Fleischmann, widely known for founding the Fleischmann Yeast Company in the USA in 1868. Whist her education took her to schools throughout Europe, Mrs Fleischmann always nurtured a love of farming, developed early on by her father, Julius, himself a self-sufficient farmer. Today, Mrs Fleischmann oversees a thriving natural farming business, operating on land she purchased just outside Washington, DC. Her interest in farming is entwined with a love of the land, its flora and its wildlife.
Dielle has devoted herself to many conservation activities including saving the last remaining tract of Bald Cypress Swamp in Low Country, South Carolina, as well as establishing a connection between conservationists in South and Central America and the National Audubon Society.
Mrs Fleischmann has also been a member of the Board of Directors for The Wildfowl Trust, now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, (Gloucester, UK), a US representative of the World Wildlife Fund (Peru), a member of the Board of Advisors to South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Commissioner, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum.
Dielle has served on the Board of Directors of Fauna & Flora International Inc. in the USA since 2002. She currently serves as the Board Secretary and will reach the end of her second term of office in 2014. Mrs Fleischmann became an FFI vice-president in 2013.
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.
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.
Professor Frederick Kayanja has served as Vice Chancellor and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science & Technology in Uganda since 1989. He is a renowned academic who has published extensively winning several awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the British Government and the Palmes Academigue, the French highest recognition for individual’s outstanding performance.
Professor Kayanja is Chairman of the National Agricultural Research Organization (Uganda) and Chairman of the National Council for Higher Education (Uganda). He has been a vice-president of FFI for more than 15 years.
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.
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was chairman of Anglo American plc, a global mining and natural resources company, from 2002-2009. Following a doctorate in geology from Cambridge University, much of Sir Mark's working life prior to joining Anglo was spent with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies, becoming Chairman from 1998-2002. During his career Sir Mark worked with many NGOs to improve companies' commitment to socially responsible activities and he is Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation, which since its establishment in 2006 raises funds from the private sector to support the work of the United Nations Global Compact.
Sir Mark is also Chairman of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, a fellow of the Geological and Royal Geographical Societies and a holder of a number of honorary degrees. He was appointed as an FFI vice-president in 2010.
Blaine T. Phillips will retire from the Board of FFI Inc. when his second term of office comes to an end in 2014. In this time his legal expertise has made a very valuable contribution to Board affairs. Having spent his working life as a lawyer, Blaine is now Emeritus Chairman of his family's foundation Fair Play, a charitable organisation in the State of Delaware making diverse grants, including in support of environmental causes.
He is also the on the board of the Mt. Cuba Center, a non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware dedicated to the study, conservation and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region.
Last year the Mt. Cuba Center donated $20m to facilitate the purchase by the Conservation Fund of 1,100 acres in the Brandywine Valley along the Delaware-Pennsylvania border. This year President Obama signed the proclamation which will designate this area as Delaware's first National Park. Up to this point Delaware has been the only state in the USA that did not have a unit of the National Park system.
In addition to these roles Blaine is also an active board member of a number of other organisations which focus on the conservation of natural resources. He has supported FFI Inc.'s Board activities by hosting events, including a reception held by the Fair Play Foundation for board members and supporters in Wilmington in 2008. In 1999 The Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Law was created at the University of Virginia Law School with gifts from, amongst others, the Fair Play Foundation.
Mr Phillips became an FFI vice-president in 2013.
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.
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.
Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek is a British zoologist, writer and broadcaster. She studied Zoology and Psychology at Bristol University and then spent four years living in Gombe National Park in Tanzania studying wild chimpanzees for her PhD on chimpanzee communication. She has presented several TV programmes for the BBC, notably Cousins, a series that traces primate evolution, Talking with Animals, a series that unravels the mysteries of animal communication, and Jungle, a series exploring rainforest ecology.
Most recently Charlotte presented a series on ape behaviour called Among the Apes for Channel 5. In addition to numerous articles she has written three books, one on animal communication, one on rainforests and has recently finished an encyclopedia of animal behaviour called Animal Life. A keen conservationist, Charlotte is patron of the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre and supports many other wildlife organizations and charities including the Ape Alliance, the World Development Movement and The Woodland Trust. She has been a vice-president of Fauna & Flora International since 2004.
Dr Uhlenbroek has been a vice-president since 2004.
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.