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We have a wide range of spokespeople available for interview in locations across the globe on a wide range of subjects. To find out more or schedule an interview, contact the international media team.

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Steve McIvor World Animal Protection CEO

Steve McIvor


Steve previously worked at Compassion in World Farming and The Body Shop, responsible for developing award-winning campaigns on issues such as endangered species, domestic violence and human rights. Based: London

Lena Aahlby Director of Programmes

Lena Aahlby

Director of Programmes

Lena previously worked for Greenpeace as Global Campaigns and Programme Director and now heads up World Animal Protection’s global programmes. Based: Sydney and London

Tennyson Williams, Regional Director for Africa

Tennyson Williams

Director for Africa

Tennyson has 25 years’ experience in international development and a background in zoology and zoonotic diseases. He previously worked for Action Aid as country director. Based: Kenya

Jacqueline Mills, Head of Animals in Farming

Jacqueline Mills

Head of Campaigns (Farming)

Jacqueline is responsible for overseeing World Animal Protection’s pig welfare projects globally. The farming team are building a movement to improve the lives of pigs around the world. Based: Sydney

Kate Nustedt, Programme Director, Animals in the Wild

Kate Nustedt

Director for Wildlife

Kate has 20 years’ experience campaigning on wildlife, environmental, poverty and women’s rights issues with Greenpeace, ActionAid and Women for Women International. Based: Scotland

Neil DCruze, Head of Animal Welfare & Research (Wildlife)

Dr Neil D’Cruze

Head of Animal Welfare & Research (Wildlife)

Neil is a wildlife biologist with expertise in conservation, illegal wildlife trade and animal welfare. He has led research projects all over the world and has discovered six previously unknown species. Based: London​

Dr Jan Schmidt

Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach

Head of Animal Welfare & Research (Wildlife)

Jan is a qualified veterinarian with experience in wildlife medicine, bear baiting in Pakistan and leading research on wildlife in entertainment and the micro-chipping of bears in Asia Pacific. Based: Germany

Roberto Vieto, Global Animal Welfare Advisor

Roberto Vieto

Animal Welfare Advisor (Wildlife)

Roberto has worked on campaigns in the Amazon region to protect and preserve species such as the Amazon Pink River dolphin (Boto dolphin). Based: Brazil

Nick Stewart

Nick Stewart

Head of Campaigns (Wildlife)

Nick leads the captive dolphins work within our broader wildlife tourism campaign which is transforming the global travel industry’s treatment of wild animals, and exposing the cruelties of wildlife entertainment. Based: London

Edith Kabesiime in Nairobi National Park

Edith Kabesiime

Wildlife Campaign Manager, Africa

Edith leads on our wildlife campaigns across Africa to protect wild animals by working with young people, governments, experts and coalitions to end the exploitation of wild animals used as luxury pets and medicines. She previously headed CARE International’s conservation and governance work in Uganda. Based: East Africa

Kelly Dent, Director of External Affairs

Kelly Dent

Director of External Affairs

Kelly has 25 years’ experience lobbying and campaigning on climate change, poverty, corporate accountability, trade, labour and human rights around the world. She has previously worked in international aid development with Oxfam. She is Director of External Engagement with World Animal Protection. Based: Australia

Mark Dia, Director for Animals in Farming

Mark Dia

Director for Animals in Farming

Mark is taking more than 20 years of experience in campaign leadership on various issues like environment, human rights and labor and focusing this on improving the lives of farm animals globally. Based: Philippines