Executive Team

Executive Team

John Stephenson


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”.

Jasmine Williamson

Project Administrator

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.

Dr. Winnie Kiiru

Head of Range State Liaison

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.

Domenica Dryer

Administrative Assistant

Domenica studied Environmental Science at the University of Leeds and has a passion for the environment and wildlife that started at a very early age. She has travelled extensively and regularly to Africa and intends to build on her skills and expertise learnt at Stop Ivory by studying for a masters in conservation in September 2017.

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.

Donnamarie O'Connell

Operations Director

Donnamarie is a conservation biologist experienced in policy development and delivering training and projects on illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Central/Eastern Europe. She is seconded to Stop Ivory to manage our programme work and is also the project lead for a UK government funded capacity building programme for law enforcement agencies in Malawi.

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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