The Wildlife Justice Commission
The Wildlife Justice Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization operating globally. Consisting of criminal justice, law enforcement and wildlife crime experts with a core, lean team based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and others in the field.
We are wholly funded by well renowned private foundations and government organizations – complete details on our Donors page.
Our core team is supported by a Supervisory Board, and an Advisory Council – a group of experts from across the globe who provide the organization with valuable local insights and knowledge.
In addition, we work in collaboration with partners in key fields across the globe; an Accountability Panel of independent, international, high level individuals; and high-profile, influential Ambassadors – all of whom help us to ensure that wildlife criminals are prosecuted.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is a charitable foundation incorporated under Dutch law with ANBI tax status. Our Annual Report will be publicly available, including budget – and we maintain transparency with all our operating costs.
Olivia Swaak-GoldmanExecutive Director
Olivia has over twenty years’ experience in international justice and diplomacy, has published extensively on issues of international criminal law and international humanitarian law, and served as a lecturer for both Harvard and Leiden Universities.
Prior to joining the Wildlife Justice Commission, Olivia was Head of the International Relations Task Force of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Senior Legal Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legal Advisor at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and Legal Assistant at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Olivia is a dual national of the US and The Netherlands.
Sam Muller is the founding director of the Wildlife Justice Commission and chair of the Supervisory Board. As an international lawyer, Sam has a long standing experience in working on international criminal justice, justice strategy, and innovating justice systems to be more effective and make a difference.
Sharon Johnson consults to a range of FTSE 500 corporations, foundations and global non-profit organisations to help design innovations, engagement platforms and long term strategic communications programmes that lead to a more sustainable world for the long run. Sharon serves on several non-profit Boards.
Michael Wamithi serves on the Boards of the Jane Goodall Institute(JGI) and US Based IFAW. Previously,he has served as CEO of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) and Kenya Country Director, Global Program Director and International Advisor for Africa ofthe International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Andrea Crosta has over 25 years of experience in global conservation projects, and 15 years of experience in high-level security services and technologies. He is the executive director and co-founder of the California-based Elephant Action League as well as the founder of WildLeaks, the world’s first wildlife crime whistleblower initiative.
Kirsten Schuijt has a PhD in Environmental Economics. She has more than 20 years of experience in international nature conservation. During the last 13 years she has served at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in various positions. She is currently the CEO of WWF Netherlands.
Prof. Dr. Etannibi Alemika
Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos, Nigeria.
Partner at Arnold & Porter LLPs
Executive Director TRAFFIC
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) of the Hong Kong Police
Barrister at Matrix Chambers
Dean at Strathmore University
Senior Public Prosecutor
Chief Scientist of the Landscape Conservation Programs at the African Wildlife Foundation
Chair of the Board of Directors, The Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court; Former UN International Judge at Cambodia Khmer Rouge Trials
Antonio A. Oposa
Leading Environmental Lawyer
Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
Executive Director at the Environmental Investigation Agency
Dr. Deborah Ruiz Verduzco
Director of Institutional and Civil Society Development at the International Commission on Missing Persons
Senior Wildlife Trafficking Analyst at the Wildlife Conservation Society
Regional Director for the Ford Foundation’s office in West Africa, Founder of the CLEEN Foundation (Nigeria).
Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah
Former Head of the African Union Border Program
Former politician, author, Former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held several European Commission positions. Award-winning environmentalist.
Executive Director, Africa Progress Panel (Switzerland)
Lousewies van der Laan
Board Director Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Prof. Dr. Sang-Hyun Song
President Korean Committee for UNICEF, Former President of the International Criminal Court, Professor of Law Emeritus
Dr. A.H.E.M. “Nout” Wellink
Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and former President of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB).