Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Members

Judith A. McHale   David H. Barron   Patrick J. Bergin   Tod H. Cohen   David J. Hayes   Carter S. Roberts   Cristián T. Samper   John T. Webb  
Alternates:   Crawford J. Allan   Stanley T. Asah   Marcus A. Asner   Susan R. Lieberman

Judith A. McHale, Chair
Judith A. McHale, Chair
President and CEO
Cane Investments, LLC

Judith A. McHale is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cane Investments, LLC, a private investment company focused on providing early-stage capital and strategic advice and assistance to start-up companies. Prior to her current position, Ms. McHale served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, helping lead America’s engagement with the people of the world. As Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Ms. McHale oversaw the operations of the Bureaus of Education and Cultural Affairs, International Information Programs, and Public Affairs. Ms. McHale is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications, the parent company of the Discovery Channel, with offices in 22 countries and multiple business units, including more than 125 television networks available to more than 1 billion subscribers in 170 countries.
David H. Barron
David J. Hayes, Vice-Chair
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law
Stanford Law School

David J. Hayes is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 2009 until July 2013, Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior where he was the Chief Operating Officer and second in command to the Secretary, with line authority over Interior’s 70,000 employees, $12 billion dollar budget, and the Department's ten major bureaus and agencies. As Deputy Secretary, Hayes played a major role in protecting U.S. and globally important wildlife resources, including the U.S. response to the African elephant and rhinoceros poaching crisis. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary and counselor to the Secretary of the Interior from 1997 to 2001 in the Clinton Administration. Hayes worked for many years in the private sector where he chaired the Environment, Land and Resources Department at Latham and Watkins, an international law firm, and is a former chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute.
Patrick J. Bergin
David H. Barron
Chairman of the Board
ICCF

David Barron is Chairman of the Board of Governors of The ICCF Group, a new umbrella organization created to advise, support, and fund the International Conservation Caucus Foundation and its affiliate organizations: the Conservation Council of Nations, ICCF Colombia, ICCF Kenya, the International Conservation Corps, and the Oceans Caucus Foundation. The ICCF Group also works to increase the capacity and efficiencies of partner conservation nonprofits, multilateral institutions, and governmental agencies in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. He has served on the boards of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the African Safari Club of Washington, DC, the WILD Foundation, and the Cheetah Conservation Fund and supported the launch of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership and the establishment of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucuses (House & Senate).
Tod H. Cohen
Cristián T. Samper
President & Chief Executive Officer
Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Cristián Samper, a biologist and international authority on conservation and environmental policy, is President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Prior to joining WCS he served as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world’s largest natural history collection. At WCS, he leads field programs in 65 nations and all the world’s oceans focusing on the conservation of wildlife and wild places; and oversees the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. Dr. Samper is a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as Chairman of the scientific advisory body to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Samper studied biology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and earned his master's and doctorate degrees in biology from Harvard University.
David J. Hayes
Patrick J. Bergin
Chief Executive Officer
African Wildlife Foundation

Dr. Patrick Bergin has over 25 years’ experience in Africa. He spent six years working inside Tanzania National Parks, one of the leading national wildlife conservation agencies on the continent. Dr. Bergin first joined the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) as a field-based community officer and served in a number of roles before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Under his leadership, AWF has evolved into a pan-African organization now operating in 18 African countries. Dr. Bergin fosters partnerships with African governments and their respective protected area authorities to help shape policy as it relates to wildlife protection while supporting authorities’ efforts to enforce those policies. With an intimate understanding of the global forces fueling the illegal wildlife trade, Dr. Bergin is involved in multiple efforts with partners to stop widespread poaching of Africa’s treasured wildlife and curb consumer demand for illicit wildlife products.
Carter S. Roberts
Carter S. Roberts
President and Chief Executive Officer
World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts is the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide, 1.2 million of which are in the United States. Roberts has held marketing management positions for Procter and Gamble and Gillette and lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004. Since then he has launched initiatives on global wildlife trade, freezing the footprint of food production, securing the world’s largest system of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon, and opening a new program in Myanmar and developed new programs to guide sustainable development. Roberts serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics, and is a member of International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business, as well as the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Advisory Board, chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN and President of the World Bank.
John T. Webb
John T. Webb
Independent

From 1978 until he retired in 2011, John Webb was on the U.S. Government team to interdict, investigate, and prosecute domestic and transnational wildlife trafficking and poaching. Beginning at the Department of the Interior, he advised investigators in the Office of Law Enforcement and wrote enforcement regulations, then in 1986 at the Department of Justice he began a quarter-century career in the Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Sections prosecuting hundreds of wildlife trafficking cases. He developed aggressive and innovative prosecution techniques and theories for wildlife cases stepping outside of traditional wildlife offenses, worked with the Sentencing Commission to increase criminal penalties for traffickers, explained best practices at training programs for new and experienced investigators and prosecutors to increase their proficiency, and fostered both national and multilateral cooperation among enforcement agencies. Since his retirement from Justice, John continued to support the anti-trafficking efforts of ASEAN-WEN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Wildlife Enforcement Network) and the efforts of ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking).

Alternate Advisory Council Members


Crawford J. Allan
Crawford J. Allan
Senior Director
TRAFFIC, Washington, D.C.

Crawford Allan is an international expert on wildlife trafficking and trade with 24 years’ experience in wildlife conservation. He leads TRAFFIC’s efforts to leverage North American assets to protect wildlife globally from the negative aspects of trade. Crawford has led TRAFFIC on black market investigations internationally in dozens of countries and directly supported strong enforcement action, including some of the largest seizures, major arrests and prosecutions internationally. The author of several publications and numerous papers on wildlife trafficking, species conservation, improving wildlife law enforcement and building strong enforcement partnerships, he helps guide the development of innovative approaches to wildlife trade challenges. He helped to pioneer regional wildlife enforcement networks, including the ASEAN WEN and the Central American WEN. From 1995 to 2005 he was Chairman of the UK government’s Forensics Working Group of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime.
Stanley T. Asah
Susan R. Lieberman
Independent

Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation for more than 25 years, and is a recognized international expert on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the international wildlife trade. She was Senior Director, International Environmental Policy with The Pew Charitable Trusts from August 2009-July 2013, and led an international policy program involving treaties, fisheries management organizations, the UN, and other intergovernmental organizations, including recent efforts to include several shark species on CITES’ Appendices. From 2001-2009, she was Director of WWF-International’s Global Species Program, and led WWF’s programs on the conservation of endangered species of international concern, including tigers, elephants, rhinos, great apes, whales, and sea turtles. She directed WWF’s work on wildlife trade. From 1990-2001, Lieberman worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including as Chief, CITES Scientific Authority. She obtained a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Marcus A. Asner
Marcus A. Asner
Partner
Arnold & Porter LLP

Marcus Asner is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in New York. Mr. Asner has extensive experience with matters relating to illegal wildlife trafficking, both as a federal prosecutor and in private practice. Mr. Asner served as an Assistant United States Attorney in New York from 2000 to 2009, where he was Chief of the Major Crimes unit for two years. He led the successful prosecution of one of the largest poaching cases in history, involving a massive scheme to import into the United States illegally harvested lobster from South Africa. In private practice, Mr. Asner routinely advises clients on environmental and wildlife issues. He also writes and speaks frequently on international trafficking and corruption, and has testified on trafficking issues before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.
Susan R. Lieberman
Peter D. Knights
Executive Director
WildAid

Peter Knights was formerly a program director working on illegal wildlife trade with Global Survival Network and a senior investigator for the Environmental Investigation Agency. He specialized in conducting global on-site investigations and campaigned against the trade in wild birds for pets and the consumption of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicine, such as bear gallbladder, rhino horn, and tiger bone. On birds, this work led to over 150 airlines stopping the carriage of wild birds and the Wild Bird Conservation Act, which cut imports of wild birds into the US from 800,000 to 40,000. In 1996 while working across Asia, Peter created the first international program aimed at reducing demand for endangered species products. He received an Associate Laureate of the Rolex Award for Enterprise for this work. The campaign Peter started on shark fin is attributed with helping to reduce demand for fins by 50-70% in China in 2012 and helping to secure bans in a number of US states. Peter has served as Executive Director of WildAid since its founding in 2000. He initiated the Marine Protection Program and currently leads the Demand Reduction Program for shark fin, manta ray gill rakers, ivory, and rhino horn. Peter holds a B. Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.