WCS Staff

Meet the WCS conservationists and specialists from around the world at the World Parks Congress 2014.  For general inquiries or to schedule a meeting,  please contact wpc@wcs.org.

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Matthew Hatchwell
WCS Director for International Policy and Programme Development
Matthew is the Director for WCS International Policy and Programme Development based in London, UK. HIs policy focus includes engagement with the World Heritage Convention to help safeguard the protected areas at the heart of WCS Global Priority Regions, forest policy, and managing the impacts of extractive industry on biodiversity. Matthew previously directed the WCS country programme in Madagascar and the WCS office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, prior to moving back to Europe in 2002. In Congo, he helped establish Nouabale-Ndoki National Park and co-managed, with government counterparts, a capacity-building programme for protected area managers nationally. He now represents WCS on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Leadership Programme, a joint capacity-building programme with two other international conservation NGOs. In Madagascar, he was instrumental in the creation of Masoala and Sahamalaza/Iles Radama National Parks and completed the Masoala National Park management plan in 1998. He is co-author of books on Masoala and on the role of zoos and aquaria in in situ wildlife conservation.
Ray Victurine
Director, Business & Conservation Initiative
Ray Victurine leads the WCS Business and Conservation Initiative, which engages with industry and governments to support policies and practices that seek to balance conservation objectives with development interests through design and implementation of best practices aimed at reducing and compensating for impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ray has more than 25 years experience working on conservation and sustainable development issues in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout these regions promoting sustainable development programs and policies that achieve conservation outcomes and economic development objectives. Ray is trained as a natural resource economist with a focus on water resources. Prior to joining WCS, Ray was an environmental consultant focused on sustainability and conservation financing. He also contributed to the establishment of two conservation trust funds in Africa and Asia, and also worked in Uganda where he contributed to national environmental policy, tourism development, and creation of a national-level private conservation financing institution and land trust.
Ruth Starkey
Technical Advisor, Tanzania
Ruth Starkey started her career in conservation in Lope National Park, Gabon having completed her degree in conservation biology in the UK. As a research assistant the range of field work on mandrills, elephant, phenology and great apes captivated her into a continuing her studies in conservation. After her Masters from UCL, UK, she continued to work with WCS in Gabon – managing the Langoue Bai project in Ivindo National Park, followed by the Loango National Park project. Ruth’s work now focuses on Law Enforcement Monitoring including rolling out a standardized ranger based monitoring in all of Gabon’s national parks.
Simon Hedges
Asian Elephant Coordinator & Ivory Trade Policy Analyst
Simon is WCS's Asian Elephant Coordinator & Ivory Trade Policy Analyst. He has almost 25 years of experience of wildlife conservation-related research and survey work, endangered species and protected area management, and wildlife policy formulation, including the writing and implementation of wildlife action plans. The majority of his time since 1988 has been spent in Southeast Asia. Since 1998, Simon has focused on Asian Elephants, particularly on survey method development and human–elephant conflict assessment and mitigation. He began working for WCS in January 2000: co-managing the Sumatran Elephant Project for the WCS Indonesia Program for three years until he was hired by WCS’s region-wide Asia Program in 2003 as the Asian Elephant Coordinator (the position he still hold). As part of his job, he oversees (as the main technical advisor) WCS’s Asian Elephant projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. He chaired the IUCN/SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group from 1995 to 2005, has been the Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group since 2005, and he is a member of the Canid Specialist Group. He was a member of the IUCN/SSC Species Conservation Planning Task Force and he is a member of IUCN Red List Technical Working Group and the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) program’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG). He has published in journals ranging from Molecular Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Journal of Animal Ecology to Tropical Biodiversity, Kukila, and Gajah. He has also contributed chapters to several peer-reviewed books and edited (and contributed to) the book, Monitoring elephants and assessing threats: a manual for researchers, managers and conservationists (published in 2012).
Susan Lieberman
Vice-President, International Policy
Dr. Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection of science and policy, for more than 25 years, including extensive experience with international wildlife trade and intergovernmental policy. She is now the Vice President, International Policy with WCS. She was Senior Director, International Environmental Policy with The Pew Charitable Trusts from August 2009-July 2013; from 2001-2009, she was the Director of the Global Species Programme of WWF-International. She worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service) from 1990-2001, including several years as Chief of the CITES Scientific Authority. She obtained her Ph.D. in tropical ecology (focused on amphibians and reptiles) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she also did postdoctoral research (on desert tortoises and prosimians). Sue is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee, co-chair of the SSC Policy Subcommittee, and a member of the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
Susan Tressler
Vice President, Program Development
Susan Tressler is the Vice President, Program Development (PD). She oversees PD operations and services, with special attention to European bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding strategies. Susan has nearly 30 years experience in program development, communications and fundraising, working with US domestic and international NGOs. In addition to development roles in US-based institutions, Susan coordinated fundraising, communications and partnerships for the global IUCN Species Survival Commission during the 1990s, and from 2000-2005 consulted with a variety of international organizations on multi-lateral project and proposal development, program evaluation and fundraising strategies. Susan joined the WCS Global Conservation Program late in 2005 to establish the Program Development unit, coordinate and strengthen government and agency relations, and facilitate large-scale government funding initiatives. T: (718) 741-8162 Skype: susantressler

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