Alex Rhodes

Alex Rhodes

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Job TitleTusk Chairman & Head of Purpose
OrganisationMischon De Reya
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitewww.mishcon.com

Alexander is a trusted advisor to typically international clients, with more than 15 years legal and global consultancy experience
A seasoned litigator, he has particular expertise in the resolution of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, usually with reputational aspects, and public affairs. As a trustee and advisor, Alexander’s long-term preoccupation has been balancing the imperatives of environmental conservation and human development.
He was the founding CEO of the charity Stop Ivory; head of the Secretariat to the inter-governmental Elephant Protection Initiative; and is a Chairman of Tusk Trust.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In 2018 the ZSL named him its Conservationist of the Year in recognition of his work supporting African governments in combatting the illegal ivory trade and in elephant conservation.


Beatrice Karanja

Beatrice Karanja

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Job TitleTusk Trustee, Conservation Philanthropist & Founder
OrganisationNature’s Pitch
CountryKenya

Beatrice is a strategic communications specialist with over 25 years’ experience as a development communications professional covering the African continent with extensive experience in East, Central and Southern Africa. She has worked as journalist with BBC and Reuters and for several international NGO’s – African Wildlife Foundation, UNICEF, Oxfam (GB). She has also consulted for Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stop Ivory, Northern Rangelands Trust and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
As a child of Africa with roots in Kenya and Uganda, Beatrice has a strong and unyielding passion for African development and environmental issues and believes that the conservation and development can co-exist and is keen to play her part to make sure Kenya’s future is sustainable, balanced and wise.


Dr Susan Canney

Dr Susan Canney

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Job TitleTusk Trustee & Director,
OrganisationMali Elephant Project
CountryMali
Websitewild.org/mali-elephants/

Dr Susan Canney has worked on a variety of nature conservation projects across Africa, Asia and Europe, and in policy research for the UK’s chief sustainability adviser. She has worked in central Mali since 2003, initially with Save the Elephants, and since 2006 with WILD Foundation to work with local actors to develop an integrated model of human-elephant co-existence that has protected this small, yet iconic, population of desert-adapted elephants, despite the lawlessness, insecurity and deepening jihadist insurgency that erupted in 2012. The robustness (so far) of the model has enticed her to continue the work to understand more about the complex factors involved in making space for elephants. She is a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, a Trustee of Tusk Trust, a Tusk Conservation Award Judge, a member of the Sahara Conservation Fund’s Science and Conservation Committee, and of the African Elephant Specialist Group.


Nick Maughan