We are delighted to announce Stop Ivory has appointed new team members to the EPI to bring the necessary skills and resources to achieve our ambitious agenda for 2018.
Dr. Hugo Jachmann brings his renowned expertise as the EPI National Elephant Action Plan Co-ordinator.
Hugo is a wildlife ecologist with a Ph.D. in elephant ecology and more than 35 years of experience with wildlife research, management and law enforcement. Hugo’s last long-term posting was with the Netherlands Development Organisation in Ghana, seconded to the Wildlife Division as Senior Technical Advisor wildlife management.
Dr. Dolmia Malachie joins as EPI Technical Adviser to provide essential support to Francophone Member States.
With a Ph.D in African elephant ecology, Dolmia is a wildlife ecologist with 26 years of experience in conservation policy and strategy, as well as extensive project management. He mainly works for the Chadian Government but also collaborates with various international institutions and NGOs.
Dr. Olivia Scholtz, adds her specialist expertise as the SMS Co-ordinator, to lead on the ivory stockpile management work, as maternity cover for Ruth Musgrave.
Olivia has a diverse conservation background, with a Masters in Biodiversity and Taxonomy from the Imperial College, and a PhD with the London Natural History Museum and University of Plymouth, both on forest ecology and evolution. Based in Gabon for ten years, working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Olivia coordinated a number of wildlife monitoring and forest landscape protection programmes, with a focus on protecting Gabon’s elephant populations.
And Sophie Ledger moves to a full-time role as Conservation Project Manager, leading on the EPI Implementation Board management, development of NEAPs, and the EPI’s work to maintain the international moratorium and close down domestic markets.
Sophie has an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity and an MbyRes in Wildlife Disease Management from the University of Exeter, with previous research and project management roles at the Natural History Museum, the Zoological Society of London and the Food and Environment Research Agency.