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John Newby - Bio CEO (ex-officio member) John Newby is a conservation biologist and aridlands ecologist with over 40 years experience in the Sahara and Sahel. Before helping found SCF in 2004 and joining it in 2005 as its CEO, John worked for WWF and IUCN mainly in Africa and Europe in a number of capacities, including Director of WWF’s Africa Programme and Species Conservation Units. John has been honoured for his services to conservation by the governments of Niger and Chad and is an Officer in the Order of the Golden Ark. In 2013 John was awarded the Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Medal. He is a fellow of the Smithsonian Institute, Saint Louis Zoo and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Thomas Rabeil – Bio Thomas Rabeil is a specialist in protected areas management and wildlife monitoring with skills in GIS and remote sensing. He is currently the field program officer for SCF’s conservation programs in Niger with over a decade of experience working in the region on SCF’s wildlife/habitat inventory and monitoring programs. He was instrumental in helping Niger create the largest wildlife protected area in all of Africa: the Termit & Tin Toumma National Nature Reserve (TTTNNR), formally gazetted by the Republic of Niger in March 2012. Thomas has extensive experience engaging nomadic communities in and around the protected areas of Niger to assess their attitudes towards wildlife and develop with them win-win solutions that serve the needs of both the wildlife and the people sharing the habitat. His relationship with community leaders, government officials and military leadership in the region makes him uniquely qualified to implement this project. Before joining SCF, Thomas worked as an international consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Center in Senegal, Kenya and the Central African Republic and for a GEF project in Mexico to promote and develop the participative wildlife monitoring in the Mesoamerican biological corridor. BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016 45


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