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Fred Allendorf

Fred Allendorf is a Professor of Biology at the University of Montana. He is an active conservationist with extensive international experience, and an expert in the fields of Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation Biology. He has written numerous books and is a prolific contributor to academic journals. Professor Allendorf has served as the President of the American Genetic Association, as a panel member of numerous National Science Foundation programs, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has volunteered as a genetics consultant to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. National Park Serice, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Notably, he received a B.S. in Zoology from Penn State University, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries and from the University of Washington, after he served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.

"I truly admire the energy and commitment that WildAid brings to conservation."

Jonathan Conrad

Jonathan M. Conrad is founder and CEO of Sconset Media currently working on a prime-time special for WETA/PBS titled The Power: The Information Revolution in Our Lives.  His experience in senior management positions has been with organizations ranging from a multi-billion-dollar bank to a mid-size public company and includes start-up ventures and financial advisory assignments. He was instrumental in the creation of the federal legislation enabling broad-based use of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). During the Reagan Administration, he was appointed to the Commercial Space Advisory Committee of the US Department of Transportation.

Mr. Conrad currently serves as an advisor to the X PRIZE Foundation, which administers competitive prizes for scientific and social innovation.  He is an Officer, Director and Medalist of The Explorers Club.  Mr. Conrad is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and lives in New York.

Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on China-U.S. relations and Chinese domestic foreign policy, with particular focus on the environment, she is the author of "The River Runs Black," a major book on the environmental challenges to China's future, as well as many other publications on the same topic.  Dr. Nichols has been a member of the Board of Councilors for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China relations, and a member of the Institute for International research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. She has written in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune.  Dr. Nichols holds a Ph.D from the University of Michigan, an A.M from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Steve Garrison

Steve Garrison has over twenty-nine years of experience as an advisor on issues related to Board recruiting and management, managerial development and succession planning, senior management assessment, and executive search.  In addition to his remunerative assignments, he has acted as consultant at the Board level for over forty not-for-profit organizations across the country in strengthening their management by expanding their access to top executive talent.  Over the previous eight years his firms had assisted global corporations in managing their search and recruiting vendor relationships.  Activities included building recruiting, staffing and search performance and measurement systems in companies as diverse as Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Tricon Global Restaurants, Pfizer, Allied Lyons, and Universal Studios.  Mr. Garrison authored Institutional Search, published by Praeger in 1989, which has become a textbook for community and non-profit organizations in seeking new leadership and Board direction, and he has been featured in The Career Makers by John Sibbold and The Headhunters by John Byrne. Mr. Garrison is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and his Naval career included service as a navigator on Polaris Missile submarines.  He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

"By showing compassion to the endangered species of the world, perhaps we can also learn compassion for our own species."

Stephanie Hancock

Stephanie started her career in her home town of Sydney, Australia. After experimenting with several interests and career options she made the leap into the world of advertising with Forbes, Macfie, Hansen and later Foote Cone Belding. Her move to J. Walter Thompson was instrumental in launching an internationally diverse career from which she has never looked back. Currently based in New York, as EVP, Director – In – Charge Unilever North America, Stephanie has also lived and worked for JWT in Toronto and Chicago managing such diverse businesses as Kraft, Dell and Kellogg. She also dedicates time to two pro bono causes; Wildaid and the National Center for Family Literacy.

"The vision and dedication of those committed to decimating the global illegal wildlife trade is deeply affecting and nothing short of contagious. It inspires us to get up and act, to use our own energies and talents to defend our animals, jungles, oceans and ultimately our planet's future by stamping out this needless killing."

Dinni Jain
Dinni Jain joined Insight Communications as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2002. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2003. Mr. Jain oversees all facets of operations for the company, including integrating substantial acquisitions and upgrading operations for optimal efficiencies and customer experiences.

Mr. Jain has more than ten years' experience in the competitive cable and cellular phone industries, where he has held a variety of positions in both operations and finance. From 1994 to 2002, Jain served in a number of roles at NTL, the United Kingdom's largest cable and telecommunications company, ultimately serving as Deputy Managing Director of NTL's Consumer Division as well as managing the operations of NTL's largest and most challenging acquisition, the Cable and Wireless Consumer Group, from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Jain's background in the cable industry also includes a nine-year period with OCOM Corporation and International CableTel, working in various general management positions. 

Dave Lory

Dave Lory is a musician, and has been a manager, tour manager, producer, record executive, and consultant in the music industry for more than 25 years in the business. He is also one of the few music industry executives that has worked in every major genre of popular music including rock, popular country, folk, classical, jazz, R&B and rap. At the beginning of 2002, Mr. Lory was named Chairman/CEO of Worldwide Entertainment Group LLC where he managed Courtney Love, Duncan Sheik and Robert Earl Keen among others. He co-produced the event "Songs of the City" for the New York Grammy Committee and has been a consultant for numerous labels that included Lava, Motown, DreamWorks, BMG Australia and Big 3 Entertainment. Mr. Lory was previously Senior Vice President with Artemis Records, the company founded by Danny Goldberg in 1999. Dave Lory attended New York University in the Music Business and Technology program.

Matthew Margo

Matthew Margo is the Senior Vice President of Program Practices, East Coast for the CBS Television Network. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practiced business law and litigation before joining CBS as a Senior Attorney for Finance, Law and Corporate Development.

Mr. Margo served on the advisory board of the Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Communications and of the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund and now serves on the Director's Advisory Council at the National Institute of Health. He previously served on the advisory boards of the Harvard Public Health Review and of the Better Business Bureaus Foundation. He was a global and US judge for the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, initiated by BA's Chairman, Lord Marshall, and which recognizes environmentally friendly tourism (Eco Tourism).

"Humanity is devalued every time a species becomes endangered or extinct. Wild Aid provides an important voice to the many species which share this planet with us and cannot speak for themselves."

Dr. Dale Peterson

Dr. Peterson's recent books include The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey into Primate Worlds; Visions of Caliban; On Chimpanzees and People (co-authored with Jane Goodall); Chimpanzee Travels: On and Off the Road in Africa; Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (co-authored with Richard Wrangham); Storyville, USA; and most recently, his expose of the bushmeat trade in Central Africa, Eating Apes (University of California Press, 2003). Dale had also edited a two-volume collection of Jane Goodall's letters (Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence); and he is currently working on the first full biography of Jane Goodall. Translalted into nine foreign languages, his books have been honored as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Village Voice Best Book of the Year, The Economist Best Book of the Year, Discover magazine Top Book of the Year, a Bloomsbury Review Editor's Choice; short-listed for the Sit Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize and the PEN/New England Book Award; and nominated for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Peterson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife, Dr. Wyn Kelley, and two sweet mutts of a St. Bernard inclination, Smoke and Spike.

"Animals are not objects but beings, existing like us within a spiritual and moral dimension."

Rod Nichols

Rodney W. Nichols, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences from 1992 to 2001, was previously Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York  and Vice President and Executive Vice President of The Rockefeller University. A Harvard graduate and applied physicist, he has been an R&D manager in industry and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Nichols is on the Board of Advisors to Foreign Affairs, chaired the committee on Science and Technology for Development (COSTED) of the International council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), and co-chaired the Japan-U.S. Cooperative Science Program administered by the National Science Foundation. Among others, he has advised the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; the State, Defense, and Energy Departments; the National Institutes of Health, and the United Nations.

Dan Rice
Dan Rice is a Senior Business Development Officer and Vice President at the United States Trust Company of New York. In this role he works directly with high net worth families and foundations to represent US Trust in the management of their assets. Dan has previously led a successful sales and marketing career on Wall Street in New York and San Francisco. Dan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. He served his commitment in the Army after graduation as an Airborne/Ranger artillery officer both in the states and overseas.

Howard Rodriguez

Howard Rodriguez is the owner / training director of California K-9 Academy, located in Burbank, CA.

Howard is a World Class Dog Trainer.  He has exhibited worldwide in all major competitions and has earned National and International awards and recognition.  From 1994 through 2004, Howard qualified and competed as a U.S.A. Team Member or Team Captain in the World Championships.  He has competed in Czechoslovakia, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Germany (East/West), Switzerland, Italy and Holland.  Howard has been featured in over 50 publications as well as primetime television as "the dog trainer extraordinaire". Publications include Newsweek, People, Star, the LA Times, Vanity Fair,  the Miami Herald, the National Enquirer,  BUZZ, Santa Barbara News Press, Opulence, Schutzhund USA, Dog Sports, Today Dogs and many others.  His stunning dogs alone have graced magazine covers Nationwide.

Today Howard continues to compete among the finest dog trainers in the world while continually learning and sharing new training techniques in Europe and the US.  With over 35 years of experience Howard has earned the stellar reputation for acquiring, importing and training the absolute finest dogs in the world.

Among his personal pursuits, Howard takes great pride as a partner of a national dog food company.  Howard actively demonstrated philanthropic efforts and is a board member of the Galapagos Island Conservatory.   He is a master scuba diver with 17 specialties, a multi-engine rated private pilot and speaks four languages.  Of all his pursuits, Howard's biggest passion by far, is being a father to his son, Spencer.

Website: www.californiak9.com

Michael Rosenthal

The Honorable Michael J. Rosenthal currently lives in China serving as the CEO, Asia Pacific, for Day Light International Holding Company, USA.  Prior to this Michael served as the Minister of Justice, a Presidential Cabinet Post, for the Republic of Palau for 4 years. As Minister he oversaw the operations of the Ministry of Justice, which is the primary law enforcement agency in the country, with a budget of more than USD $3.6 million annually and more than 200 employees. The functions of the Ministry include marine law enforcement, fish and wildlife protection, patrol, drug enforcement, criminal investigations, fire fighting, ambulance service, executive security, operating the prison system, issuing operator licenses and registering all vehicles. He formerly served as the Special Prosecutor for the Republic of Palau, a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Law Clerk for judges both on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As a Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Rosenthal prosecuted federal crimes in areas of tax, banking, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and illegal drugs, and received the Department of Justice Outstanding Attorney Award in 1993 and 1996. He has also served for two years as the President of the Palau Bar Association, and has taught Criminal Law at the Palau Community College. Minister Rosenthal is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and American University's Washington College of Law.

 "The assistance of WildAid has greatly benefited the efforts of the Republic of Palau Ministry of Justice to enforce the Nation's conservation laws. This will result in a greater ability to maintain a sustainable environment for future generations to enjoy."

Stephan Schmidheiny

Stephan Schmidheiny is a Swiss industrialist and the founder of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), of which he now is Honorary Chairman. He is the author of the best selling book "Changing Course: A Global Business Perspective on Development." He also served as the principal business advisor to the Secretary General of the 1992 United Nations conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Through his AVINA foundation Stephan supports a number of sustainable development projects throughout Latin America. He is also a board member of the Institute for International Economics (IIE) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

"Clear strategic thinking, determination and an amazing track record on limited resources prompted me to break my own rules and invest in programs outside of Latin America. WildAid's initiative is important for all our futures and they need our support."

Conrad Bakker

A visionary and promoter of key trends and opportunities for change, Conrad was a pioneer in the late 1980s in the modeling business in the United States, representing top models like Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, and Carrie Otis, among others. Fluent in five languages, the son of a naval intelligence officer in the Royal Dutch navy, he graduated from the Maritime College of the Netherlands cum laude. As an experienced navigation officer for Holland America Cruise lines, he has traveled to over seventy-seven countries and has completed a circumnavigation world cruise aboard the flagship S.S. Rotterdam.

Richard Wrangham

Richard Wrangham is the Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and President-elect of the International Primatological Society. His major interests are the relationship between ape and human behavioral evolution, and the conservation of chimpanzees and other apes. He has directed the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in Kibale National Park, Uganda, since 1987. He has authored over 150 publications, including (with Dale Peterson) Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. He is co-Chair, with Toshisada Nishida, of the Great Apes World Heritage Species Project.