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.

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