The British actor, writer, and overall polymath Stephen Fry was yesterday elected as a FFI Vice President. Though best known for his comedy performances, he has recently become more engaged in conservation issues.
Stephen presented the BBC’s ‘Last Chance to See’ programme, in which he and Mark Carwardine follow in Douglas Adams’ footsteps twenty years on from the book of the same name, in search of endangered species such as the mountain gorilla and the kakapo parrot.
The role of Vice President is honorary in nature and runs in renewable terms of five years. Vice Presidents are chosen from among people of distinction in conservation or public life more generally and who wish to assist FFI in achieving its conservation goals.
Other Vice Presidents of FFI include Sir David Attenborough, Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Rove McManus and The Lord Browne of Madingley.
“In the big sweet shop of conservation charities and NGOs, you’re just drawn to the one that makes your salival juices go and FFI was the one for me,” said Stephen Fry.
“We are overjoyed to have Stephen on board as a Vice President,” said FFI CEO Mark Rose.
“He truly is a national treasure and his support is invaluable for raising awareness of the importance of our conservation work.”
Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.