Fauna & Flora has announced the appointment of Kristian Teleki as its new CEO, who will join the organisation in July 2023.
Kristian is currently Global Director of the Ocean Programme at the World Resources Institute, where he also leads the Friends of Ocean Action with the World Economic Forum, and the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Kristian has had an impressive career in wildlife conservation; starting out in coral reef research, he’s since held several high-level roles in environmental and conservation organisations, including as Senior Marine Adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, Director of Global Engagement at the Global Ocean Commission and Head of the Marine Programme at UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC).
With his many years’ experience in the sector, Kristian will provide strong leadership to Fauna & Flora as the charity continues its work to protect and restore nature around the world, in collaboration with local communities and partners.
“I started my career in conservation studying and experiencing some of the most extraordinary biodiversity the planet has to offer and seeing first hand what nature does for the well-being of people. I have long been an admirer of Fauna & Flora and how it has remained true to its mission to save nature in partnership with the people and communities living closest to it - despite the global challenges we face. It is the greatest privilege for me to lead Fauna & Flora at this critical moment in the future of the planet and to carry on Mark Rose’s incredible legacy.”
Kristian will take over from Fauna & Flora’s current CEO, Mark Rose, who is stepping down after 30 years of leading the charity.
Mark Rose comments: “I can’t put into words how much my time at Fauna & Flora has meant to me. Over the past 30 years, our staff and partners around the globe have worked closely together to develop and refine our partnership-led conservation model, and I’ve been enormously proud to witness the impact we’ve achieved – for species, for livelihoods, for the planet.
“Today, the conservation of nature is more important – and urgent – than ever, and Fauna & Flora has an ambitious strategy to continue accelerating our conservation impact in line with the burgeoning biodiversity and climate crises we are all facing. I am proud to make way for Kristian to take over the reins during this critical time, and am confident he will be able to expertly lead the organisation towards this vision. I look forward to working closely with Kristian during the handover process and in a different capacity, as I move forward supporting Fauna & Flora’s great work as a Special Advisor to the Chair and Council of Trustees.”
Liz Rogers, Chair of Trustees, Fauna & Flora, comments: “Mark has been an exceptional leader and has played a fundamental role in ensuring that Fauna & Flora is at the forefront of the conservation work that the world so desperately needs. As we look ahead, and enter a new phase in our charity’s journey, we look forward to Kristian’s leadership and expertise, knowing he will take us forward into an exciting future. During the recruitment process, we were deeply impressed by Kristian’s extensive knowledge and experience, as well as his enthusiasm, eagerness and dedication to Fauna & Flora’s mission and strategic goals.”