International Selection Committee

Ms. Saba Douglas-Hamilton

Saba Douglas-Hamilton is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, TV host, and conservationist. As Chair of Future For Nature’s International Selection Com [...]

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Saba Douglas-Hamilton is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, TV host, and conservationist. As Chair of Future For Nature’s International Selection Committee, she believes passionately in promoting young conservation leaders and securing a future for the wild world. Her life in Africa, and her work as a wildlife filmmaker, has led her to some of the remoter parts of the planet where she has observed rare and endangered species in their natural habitats and experienced the frontline of conservation first hand.

In 2000 Saba was talent-spotted by the BBC Natural History Unit and began her career as a wildlife filmmaker, hosting nine TV series including Secret Life of Elephants, Big Cat Diary and Unknown Africa, and over twenty-four wildlife documentaries. She directed two award-winning films for Animal Planet, Heart of a Lioness and Rhino Nights, which documented previously unknown behaviour for the first time.

Ms. Patrícia Medici

Patrícia Medici was one of the first winners of the Future For Nature Award in 2008. She won the Award for her outstanding conservation work on tapirs [...]

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Patrícia Medici was one of the first winners of the Future For Nature Award in 2008. She won the Award for her outstanding conservation work on tapirs in Brazil. This enabled her to take a critical step towards establishing the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative. Since May 2013 she is part of the FFN committee.

For the past 20 years, Patrícia has been working for Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, a Brazilian NGO, of which she was one of the founding members. Since 1996 she has been coordinating the Atlantic Forest Tapir Program in Brazil. In 2000 she was made chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), a network of over 100 tapir conservationists from 27 different countries worldwide. In 2008, Patrícia launched the Brazil-wide Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (LTCI), which aims to establish tapir conservation programmes in other Brazilian biomes where the species occurs.

Ms. Masha Vorontsova

Masha established the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s office in the Russian Federation in 1994, then initiated a campaign which led to a ban on [...]

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Masha established the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s office in the Russian Federation in 1994, then initiated a campaign which led to a ban on the winter den hunt of hibernating bears. She helped expand the Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Centre, which has rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 170 orphan bear cubs back to the wild.

Masha has also led campaigns resulting in the ban on the White Sea whitecoat harp seal hunt and the Sea of Okhotsk beluga hunt, as well as working to increase the penalties for poaching of tigers and several other endangered species listed in the Red Book of Russia. As part of the efforts by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to save the critically endangered western grey whale, Masha’s team helped ensure that offshore oil and gas pipelines were constructed around, rather than through, crucial feeding grounds near Sakhalin Island.

Ms. Annette Lanjouw

Annette Lanjouw is Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives and the Great Apes Program for the Arcus Foundation. In this capacity, Annette leads the wo [...]

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Annette Lanjouw is Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives and the Great Apes Program for the Arcus Foundation. In this capacity, Annette leads the work to ensure respect for and the survival of great apes and their natural habitat across their range in Africa and South-East Asia. The Arcus Foundation is the largest private funder of great ape conservation and sanctuaries in the world.

Annette served as the regional director for Africa and Latin America at Fauna & Flora International, and as international programme officer for the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. From 1993 to 2005, Annette was director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a partnership between the Worldwide Fund for Nature, African Wildlife Foundation and Fauna & Flora International, which has successfully worked to conserve and develop a supportive institutional and policy environment for integrated conservation in Central and East Africa. From 1990 to 1993, Annette was the programme coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Protected Area Regional Conservation Strategy across Central Africa.

Mr. Vivek Menon

Vivek Menon is an award-winning wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He is the fo [...]

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Vivek Menon is an award-winning wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He is the founder and executive director of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the regional director and adviser to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a member of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, an adviser to the Marjan Centre at Kings College London and a board member of Minding Animals International.

In India, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, a member of four State Advisory Boards for Wildlife, and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of Delhi. He is also a member of the Indian Working Group of the Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters, the National Project Steering Committee – Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Wildlife Protection in Asia, and the Project Elephant Steering Committee.

Mr. Simon Stuart

Simon Stuart is serving his second four-year term as chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. In 2004 he completed the Global Amphibian Assessmen [...]

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Simon Stuart is serving his second four-year term as chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. In 2004 he completed the Global Amphibian Assessment, which put the global phenomenon of amphibian declines and extinctions on the map. Simon’s involvement with Future For Nature stems from his commitment to raising up the next generation of conservation leaders.

Prior to his work for IUCN, Simon was the senior species scientist for both IUCN and Conservation International. From 1991 to 2000 he served as programme head of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and from December 2000 to April 2001 as acting director-general of IUCN. Simon has undergraduate and doctoral degrees in conservation biology from the University of Cambridge.

Mr. John Mackinnon

John Mackinnon is a nature conservation veteran, originally in Africa, but since 1968 mostly in Asia. He undertook pioneer field studies of orang-utans [...]

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John Mackinnon is a nature conservation veteran, originally in Africa, but since 1968 mostly in Asia. He undertook pioneer field studies of orang-utans and other primates in south-East Asia, helped open up conservation in Vietnam, designed the protected area system of Bhutan and has been long-time advisor to the Chinese Government on biodiversity issues.

John has worked in many Asian countries planning and reviewing protected area systems, training local staff and developing data management systems, conservation programmes and projects. He has written many books, including several field guides to birds and mammals. John was made a Commander of the Order of the Golden Ark in 1998 for his services to conservation. He currently lives in Kent, retains links with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at Canterbury and serves on the board of the Orangutan Foundation and several IUCN commissions.

Mr. Brian J. Huntley

Professor Brian J. Huntley is a conservation scientist with over 45 years of field research and management experience in many African countries. He has [...]

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Professor Brian J. Huntley is a conservation scientist with over 45 years of field research and management experience in many African countries. He has initiated and led to successful conclusion several major inter-disciplinary cooperative research and institutional development projects, and has visited over 50 countries as an invited speaker/reviewer of biodiversity conservation activities.

Following retirement as CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, he is currently engaged as an independent consultant on conservation research and implementation projects in several African countries, like Angola, and in reviews of conservation projects around the world for various United Nations agencies.