Stop Ivory is an independent non-government organisation which aims to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade by implementing the Elephant Protection Initiative.

Currently, the EPI – with the support of its partners – provides the only end-to-end global policy solution to end the ivory trade and the poaching of Africa’s elephants for ivory.

In 2010, by way of an unprecedented political consensus, all 38 African Elephant Range States (where elephants naturally exist) agreed to an African Elephant Action Plan that committed them to working together to protect the continent’s elephants and crack down on trafficking,

In February 2014, leaders from all four regions of Africa: Botswana, Chad, Gabon, Ethiopia and Tanzania – galvanised a crisis response to implement that plan, launching the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI).

Stop Ivory exists to support these founding range States deliver the objectives of the EPI and, since its inception, has benefited from a groundswell of support from both public and private sector organisations around the world. That support continues to grow.

The Elephant Protection Initiative

The Elephant Protection Initiative is the African-led inter-Governmental initiative to protect elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade.

The EPI calls for elephant range states, partner states, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Government Organizations, private citizens and the private sector to work together to:

  1. Maintain the international ban established by CITES in 1989 to protect elephant populations.
  2. Close all domestic ivory markets.
  3. Develop and Implement National Elephant Action Plans.

Stop Ivory works in partnerships to support the implementation of these aims.

Our Team

Stop Ivory is governed by an experienced Advisory Panel and operated by a dedicated Executive Team, working in collaboration with Partners. We are supported by a Board of Trustees composed of diverse experts and leading professionals.

Executive Team

Our Executive team are the core team of Stop Ivory.

John Stephenson
John Stephenson
CEO

John is a former senior diplomat with significant experience in international and multi-lateral relations. He has worked extensively in Africa, an experience which stimulated an abiding passion for conservation.

Bill Waldman
Bill Waldman
Director, Stop Ivory US

Bill is a long time conservation leader who joins Stop Ivory after serving eight years as CEO for Island Conservation, a US-based NGO that works to save endangered species on islands, and 23 years with The Nature Conservancy, leading US and global teams. Based in California, he brings extensive experience building programs, developing partnerships and securing resources.

Jasmine Williamson
Jasmine Williamson
Project Administrator, Stop Ivory

Jasmine studied at the University of Exeter and the College of Law before joining Stop Ivory in 2013. She has a longstanding interest in the illegal wildlife trade and a passion for travel and people. Her expertise in management, writing and research are critical to the team and its work.

Winnie Kiiru
Winnie Kiiru
Programs Manager

Winnie is a well known wildlife biologist who has been working to protect Kenya’s wildlife for the last 20 years. Winnie Kiiru previously served as the regional representative of the UK based charity, Born Free Foundation and as a Trustee of Kenya Wildlife Service.

Beatrice Karanja
Beatrice Karanja
Head of Communications

Beatrice is a strategic communications specialist with over 20 years experience in African affairs, international development and global campaigns. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Beatrice has worked for international organizations such as Oxfam International, African Wildlife Foundation and the United Nation Children’s Foundation (UNICEF). Passionate about conservation and Africa, Beatrice works to build strong partnerships that address the balance between Africa’s development and its conservation priorities.

Alexander Rhodes
Alexander Rhodes

Alex is a zoologist and a solicitor. He has significant experience in conservation, development and business in sub-Saharan Africa. His legal practice at Mishcon de Reya focusses on litigation and he has worked extensively in protected area management as well as international policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a trustee of Tusk Trust.

Board of Trustees

Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph
Director of Money, Vodafone Group

Michael is the Director of Money for Vodafone Group, and the first World Bank Fellow. He also held the position of CEO at Safaricom Ltd until 2010.

Ian Craig
Ian Craig
Special Projects Manager, Northern Rangelands Trust

A founding board member of both Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch. Ian is also Strategic Advisor for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

David Stulb
David Stulb
Global Leader, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY LLP

With more than 2,500 professionals in 60 countries, EY's global investigations practice assists sovereign clients, major corporates and their legal counsel to manage the risk of fraud, bribery and corruption. David serves a number of the firm's largest clients and is a member of the management boards of EY's Global and EMEIA Assurance practices.

Ali Kaka
Ali Kaka

Ali was IUCN's Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa from 2009 to 2014. In 2004 he received the National Geographic Society's Howard Buffet Award for ˜Leadership in African Conservation" and received the Meritorious award from IUCN's World Commission On Protected Areas in 2009. He is also the former Executive Director for the East African Wild Life Society.

Advisory Panel

Patricia Awori
Director, Pan-African Wildlife Conservation Network

Pat conceived and built the African Elephant Coalition, which she still coordinates, and is Chair of the Kenya Elephant Forum. She attends and speaks at a wide variety of conservation and environmental forums.

Nick Booth
Chief Executive, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

Formerly Senior Vice President for Philanthropy & External Affairs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Campaign Director for NSPCC.

James Chen
Vice President, Vodafone Business Unit, Huawei

James has 14 years of experience in the Telecom industry, with roles spanning Technical, Sales and Marketing. Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, with headquarters in Lagos, Johannesburg and Cairo.

Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton, OBE
Founder, Save the Elephants

One of the world's foremost authorities on the African elephant, and pioneered the Iain the first in-depth scientific study of elephant social behaviour in Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park at age 23. Currently working with the African Elephant Specialist Group of IUCN and the Technical Advisory Group for MIKE.

Peter Fearnhead
CEO, African Parks

Peter Fearnhead was a management consultant with Deloitte, before joining South African National Parks, where he held a number of positions including Resource Economist, Advisor to the CEO, and Head of Commercial Development. Peter was also one of the Founders of African Parks. He was appointed as CEO in 2007.

Dr. Richard Leakey
Leader of Development, Turkana Basin Institute

Richard is also a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, and the former Director of the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Charlie Mayhew, MBE
Founder, Tusk Trust

Formerly a member of the Board of GAP Activity Projects, of which he was also Chairman of Appeal. Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and member of the Scientific Exploration Society.

Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson

Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson is a former Trustee and Executive Director of Tusk USA. She subsequently served as the Senior Managing Director for Africa at Aldwych Capital Partners, advising African sovereigns and businesses, and most recently as the Founder and CEO of Pangolin LLC, an Africa-focused strategic advisory.

She is a Director of Big Life, a Trustee of ERuDeF, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Geoffrey J W Kent
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies. Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) operates over 50 global offices, offering 350 tours and expeditions in more than 100 countries across seven continents. Geoffrey has an extraordinary lifetime of experience, innovation and passion for luxury adventure travel and a deep understanding of the travel industry in Africa.

Will Travers, OBE
President, Born Free Foundation

Will co-founded Born Free in 1984. Today its projects and campaigns span five continents and are supported worldwide. Will is also Chair of the Board of the Species Survival Network (since 1996). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Species Survival Commission's Reintroduction Specialist Group.

Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook
GEOPOLICITY GROUP

A leading international geo-strategist and economist, specialising in emerging and frontier markets. A former UK Government, European Union, World Bank and UN staff member he has travelled to more than 100 countries. The past 25 years he has lived in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia and has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Economics from the University of Durham. He has been a vegan for 25 years.

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