SSC Leadership

SSC is governed by a Steering Committee, which is headed by the Commission Chair.


The Steering Committee represents a balance of regional and thematic perspectives and provides overall direction to the work of the Commission. The governance structure of the SSC must be reconstituted every four years, as per the IUCN Statutes.

The SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, can establish various SSC Committees and Task Forces. The Chairs of these Committees or Task Forces are often members of the SSC Steering Committee. Additionally, the SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, must appoint Chairs for the various SSC Specialist Groups at the beginning of each Quadrennium. Specialist Group Chairs are then mandated by the SSC Chair to appoint group members.

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Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission

Prof Jon Paul Rodríguez - Commission Chair

Jon Paul Rodríguez has been working for the conservation of Venezuelan species and ecosystems since he was a biology undergraduate at Universidad Central of Venezuela (UCV) in the late eighties. With ...

Jon Paul Rodríguez has been working for the conservation of Venezuelan species and ecosystems since he was a biology undergraduate at Universidad Central of Venezuela (UCV) in the late eighties. With other students he co-founded Provita in 1987, an NGO that has championed numerous evidence-based projects, including several editions of the Red Book of the Venezuelan Fauna and of the Red Book of Terrestrial Ecosystems of Venezuela. After graduating from UCV in 1991, he went to Princeton University for a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology (1999), and a Certificate on science, technology and environmental policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (2000). He currently Chairs the IUCN Species Survival Commission, is Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas ― IVIC) and continues to be active in Provita as the organization’s President. He defines himself as a biologist that is interested in generating information useful for informing conservation policies, without being a politician. Jon Paul is author in more than 230 publications, including books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in major international scientific journals.


Rima Jabado

Rima Jabado - Deputy Chair

Rima Jabado leads the Elasmo Project, a non-profit initiative she founded in 2010 to encourage work in data-poor areas focused on investigating shark & ray fisheries & trade.

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Amanda Vincent

Amanda Vincent is Chair of the SSC Marine Conservation Committee. She is firmly convinced that we know enough to tackle conservation problems now, even if more information might be valuable.

Amanda Vincent is Chair of the SSC Marine Conservation Committee. She is firmly convinced that we know enough to tackle conservation problems now, even if more information might be valuable.

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Asha de Vos

Asha de Vos is an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of long-term blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She is also an Adjunct Research ...

Asha de Vos is an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of long-term blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Oceans Institute of the University of Western Australia.

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Axel Hochkirch

Axel Hochkirch is an associate professor in the Department of Biogeography at Trier University, Germany. He is an expert in insect biodiversity and conservation genetics, and the author or co-author ...

Axel Hochkirch is an associate professor in the Department of Biogeography at Trier University, Germany. He is an expert in insect biodiversity and conservation genetics, and the author or co-author of ca. 180 publications dealing with a broad field of biodiversity-related topics.

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Axel Moehrenschlager

Axel Moehrenschlager is the Director of Conservation & Science with the Wilder Institute, Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, Adjunct Associate Professor at Clemson University in the ...

Axel Moehrenschlager is the Director of Conservation & Science with the Wilder Institute, Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, Adjunct Associate Professor at Clemson University in the United States, and Erskine Fellow at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury.

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Dilys Roe

Dilys Roe is the IUCN CEESP-SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group’ Chair (SULi) and also biodiversity lead at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – a UK ...

Dilys Roe is the IUCN CEESP-SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group’ Chair (SULi) and also biodiversity lead at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – a UK-based sustainable development think tank. 

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Domitilla Raimondo

Domitilla Raimondo is the Threatened Species Programme Manager at the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

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Ehab Eid

Ehab Eid Regional Vice-Chair for West Asia. Ehab is an expert in biodiversity conservation, zoology, CITES and protected areas management from Jordan and the West Asia region.

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Gabriela Lichtenstein

Gabriela Lichtenstein Regional Vice-Chair for Meso and South America. Gabriela has a MSc in Biology, University of Buenos Aires (1992) and completed a PhD in Behavioral Ecology, King´s College ...

Gabriela Lichtenstein Regional Vice-Chair for Meso and South America. Gabriela has a MSc in Biology, University of Buenos Aires (1992) and completed a PhD in Behavioral Ecology, King´s College, University of Cambridge (1997) and a Post-doc at the Dept of Geography, University of Buenos Aires (2001).

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Greg Mueller

Gregory Mueller serves as Negaunee Foundation vice president of science at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Before joining the Garden, Dr Mueller worked for more than 23 years at The Field Museum as the ...

Gregory Mueller serves as Negaunee Foundation vice president of science at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Before joining the Garden, Dr Mueller worked for more than 23 years at The Field Museum as the curator of mycology in the Department of Botany.

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Ian Harrison

Ian Harrison obtained his Ph.D. in systematic ichthyology at the University of Bristol, UK. He has conducted research on marine and freshwater fishes from several parts of the world.

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Jean-Christophe Vié

Jean-Christophe Vié is Director General of Fondation Franklinia, a foundation dedicated to the conservation of threatened tree species. He joined the foundation after 17 years working for the IUCN ...

Jean-Christophe Vié is Director General of Fondation Franklinia, a foundation dedicated to the conservation of threatened tree species. He joined the foundation after 17 years working for the IUCN Secretariat.

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Luigi Boitani

Luigi Boitani. Chair of the IUCN SSC Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe. Luigi is Professor Emeritus at the University of Rome - Sapienza, where he has been teaching Animal Ecology and Conservation ...

Luigi Boitani. Chair of the IUCN SSC Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe. Luigi is Professor Emeritus at the University of Rome - Sapienza, where he has been teaching Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology for over 30 years and Head of the Department of Animal and Human Biology for 10 years.

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Mike Hoffmann

Mike Hoffmann, a South African national, is currently based at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) where he heads up the organization’s cross-cutting conservation programmes. 

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Mirza Kusrini

Mirza D. Kusrini. Regional Vice-Chair for South and East Asia. Mirza is lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources Conservation & Ecotourism at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.

Mirza D. Kusrini. Regional Vice-Chair for South and East Asia. Mirza is lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources Conservation & Ecotourism at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.

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Nunia Thomas

Nunia Thomas. Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania. Nunia is the Director of Fiji’s only local membership-based conservation organization – NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (www.naturefiji.org). 

Nunia Thomas. Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania. Nunia is the Director of Fiji’s only local membership-based conservation organization – NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (www.naturefiji.org). 

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Onnie Byers

Onnie Byers. Onnie earned her Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington D.C ...

Onnie Byers. Onnie earned her Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington D.C. 

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith is the Secretary General and CEO of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, comprising 650 member institutions in ...

Paul Smith is the Secretary General and CEO of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, comprising 650 member institutions in >100 countries.

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Piero Genovesi

Piero Genovesi earned a Master degree in biological sciences and a PhD in animal ecology at the University of Rome. He is the head of the wildlife service with the Institute for Environmental ...

Piero Genovesi earned a Master degree in biological sciences and a PhD in animal ecology at the University of Rome. He is the head of the wildlife service with the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in Rome.

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Russ Mittermeier

He is currently Chief Conservation Officer of Global Wildlife Conservation. Among the other positions he has occupied, he was Vice-President for Science and Director of the Primate Program at WWW-U ...

He is currently Chief Conservation Officer of Global Wildlife Conservation. Among the other positions he has occupied, he was Vice-President for Science and Director of the Primate Program at WWW-U, President of Conservation International, and Executive Vice-Chair of Conservation International. 

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Tomas Diagne

Tomas Diagne is an African freshwater turtle and tortoise expert who has been working to save threatened and endangered turtle species throughout West Africa for the past 28 years.

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Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath

A former Minister of Sustainable Development for the Government of the State of Morelos in Central Mexico. For the past 36 years he has been Professor of ichthyology and Conservation Biology at the ...

A former Minister of Sustainable Development for the Government of the State of Morelos in Central Mexico. For the past 36 years he has been Professor of ichthyology and Conservation Biology at the Autonomous University of the State Morelos, where he is head of the Conservation Biology work group.

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Vivek Menon

Vivek Menon is a wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He has been part of the founding of five environmental & nature conservation ...

Vivek Menon is a wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He has been part of the founding of five environmental & nature conservation organizations in India.

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Yan Xie

Yan Xie is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on Amur Tiger and Protected Areas conservation. 

Institutional observers

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Stuart Butchart - Birdlife International

Stuart Butchart is Chief Scientist at BirdLife International – a global Partnership of over 120 national environmental organisations.

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Rob Shumaker - Indianapolis Zoo

Rob Shumaker was appointed as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society effective January 2020. Dr. Rob Shumaker, Ph.D., joined the Zoo in 2010 and led the opening of the Simon Skjodt ...

Rob Shumaker was appointed as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society effective January 2020. Dr. Rob Shumaker, Ph.D., joined the Zoo in 2010 and led the opening of the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center in 2014.

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Barney Long - Re:wild

Barney Long is the Senior Director of Conservation Strategies at Re:wild where he oversees all the species conservation efforts. He works on the conservation of highly endangered species and the site ...

Barney Long is the Senior Director of Conservation Strategies at Re:wild where he oversees all the species conservation efforts. He works on the conservation of highly endangered species and the site and thematic approaches required to achieve the recovery of their populations.

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Richard Scobey - TRAFFIC

Richard Scobey joined TRAFFIC as the new Executive Director in June 2021.  He previously worked as the President of the World Cocoa Foundation for 5 years, focused on sustainability of the cocoa ...

Richard Scobey joined TRAFFIC as the new Executive Director in June 2021.  He previously worked as the President of the World Cocoa Foundation for 5 years, focused on sustainability of the cocoa supply chain; and earlier worked for 30 years for the World Bank in a variety of leadership roles.

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Elizabeth Bennett - Wildlife Conservation Society

Elizabeth Bennett is currently Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) based at WCS’s head office in New York. In this role, she oversees WCS’s species ...

Elizabeth Bennett is currently Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) based at WCS’s head office in New York. In this role, she oversees WCS’s species conservation programmes around the globe, and in WCS’s zoological collections in New York.

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Clément Lanthier - World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Clément Lanthier leverages a distinctive blend of knowledge, experience, values and skills to lead wildlife conservation organizations with strong emphasis on animal welfare, science and customer ...

Clément Lanthier leverages a distinctive blend of knowledge, experience, values and skills to lead wildlife conservation organizations with strong emphasis on animal welfare, science and customer experience.

IUCN Secretariat

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Jane Smart - IUCN Secretariat

Dr Jane Smart OBE Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group Director, IUCN Global Species Programme Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of ...

Dr Jane Smart OBE Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group Director, IUCN Global Species Programme Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group comprises the Global Species Programme, Global Protected Areas Programme, World Heritage Programme, as well as the Invasive Species Initiative and TRAFFIC. Jane also takes a lead role in facilitating work to implement the Valuing and Conserving Biodiversity Area of IUCN’s Programme (2012-2016). As Director of the Global Species Programme, Jane is responsible for around 45 staff based in Switzerland, Washington DC, US and Cambridge, UK and is responsible for managing the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™. She is focal point for the Species Survival Commission. Jane trained as a botanist and began her professional life as a plant ecologist. In 1989 Jane founded Plantlife International, becoming its first Chief Executive. In 1993, she initiated Planta Europa, the network of organizations working for plant conservation across Europe. Prior to joining the IUCN Secretariat Jane was Chair of the IUCN UK National Committee, as well as a long-standing member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee. In 2003 she was awarded the OBE for services to international conservation.

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Richard Jenkins - IUCN Secretariat

Richard is the Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Species Programme and is based in Cambridge, UK. Before joining IUCN, He lived in Madagascar where his work concentrated on species conservation, and he ...

Richard is the Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Species Programme and is based in Cambridge, UK. Before joining IUCN, He lived in Madagascar where his work concentrated on species conservation, and he established a national NGO that supports communities to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity.

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Thomas Brooks - IUCN Secretariat

Thomas Brooks, from Brighton, U.K., holds a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He ...

Thomas Brooks, from Brighton, U.K., holds a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He has extensive professional experience in biodiversity conservation, having worked with The Nature Conservancy (1998–1999), Conservation International (1999–2010), and most recently as Vice President and Chief Scientist at NatureServe (2010–2012), and held visiting positions at ICRAF-the World Agroforestry Center in the University of the Philippines Los Baños, the Department of Geography of the University of Tasmania (Australia), and the School of Life Science at Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China). He served on the Executive Committee of the BP Conservation Leadership Programme (2002–2010). He is an ornithologist by training, with extensive field experience in tropical forests of Asia, South America and Africa. His specific interests lie in threatened species conservation (especially of birds) and in biodiversity hotspots (especially in tropical forests). More generally, his work seeks sustainability of humanity on Earth, and he has published on topics spanning international policy, ecosystem services, climate change, and freshwater and marine conservation. He has authored 198 scientific and popular articles, including 84 indexed in the ISI ‘Web of Science’ of which 22 have been in ‘Nature’ or ‘Science’. He has a long-standing involvement with IUCN and has served on the SSC Red List Committee since 2001, the SSC Steering Committee since 2004, and as co-chair of the WCPA-SSC joint taskforce on ‘Biodiversity and Protected Areas’ since 2009.

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Ana Nieto - IUCN Secretariat

Ana is Head of Species Conservation Action at IUCN Global Species Programme. She is part of the Global Species Programme, leading the work of species conservation action, including the management of ...

Ana is Head of Species Conservation Action at IUCN Global Species Programme. She is part of the Global Species Programme, leading the work of species conservation action, including the management of the Save Our Species grant making mechanism & Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme.

 

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Dao Nguyen - IUCN Secretariat

Dao is from Vietnam. She has 20 years of experience at local and regional levels in Asia, Africa and Oceania, as well as globally through international policy advocacy work. Between 2012 and early ...

Dao is from Vietnam. She has 20 years of experience at local and regional levels in Asia, Africa and Oceania, as well as globally through international policy advocacy work. Between 2012 and early 2017 she was Global Network Coordinator, Biodiversity Policy, in WWF International. She has experience of CBD, CITES, World Heritage, UNGA and other policy fora. Dao has a Bachelor in Communications from the Vietnam National University in Hanoi and a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent at Canterbury in United Kingdom. Her combined experience in on the ground species conservation (including with SSC), protected areas management, policy advocacy, network management as well as communication make her an ideal candidate for this position. Dao was born inside Vietnam’s first National Park and grew up with the challenges facing both rangers and the local community, especially during the hardship years in the 1980s, where the forest was their lifeline for survival. She is married with two children and in her spare time she is an active member supporting the primate rescue centre, land tortoise and pangolin rescue centres in Vietnam.