The Wildlife Justice Commission

The Wildlife Justice Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organisation 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 organisations – 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 organisation 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.


Executive Director
  • Olivia Swaak-Goldman
    Olivia Swaak-Goldman
    Executive 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.

Supervisory Board
Sam Muller
Sam Muller

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
Sharon Johnson

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
Michael Wamithi

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
Andrea Crosta

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
Kirsten Schuijt

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.

Advisory Council
  • Prof. Dr. Etannibi Alemika

    Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos, Nigeria

  • Marcus Asner

    Partner at Arnold & Porter LLPs

  • Steve Broad

    Executive Director TRAFFIC

  • Nelson Cheng

    Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) of the Hong Kong Police

  • Kate Cook

    Barrister at Matrix Chambers

  • Luis Franceschi

    Dean at Strathmore University

  • Tom Keatinge

    Director of the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute

  • Simon Minks

    Senior Public Prosecutor

  • Philip Muruthi

    Chief Scientist of the Landscape Conservation Programs at the African Wildlife Foundation

  • Motoo Noguchi

    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

  • Elizabeth Quat

    Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council

  • Mary Rice

    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

  • John Webb

    25 years U.S. Department of Justice, Wildlife Prosecutor, Retired

  • Timothy Wittig

    Senior Wildlife Trafficking Analyst at the Wildlife Conservation Society

  • Innocent Chukwuma

    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

  • Stanley Johnson

    Former politician, author, Former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held several European Commission positions.  Award-winning environmentalist

  • Wim Kok

    Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Former President of Club de Madrid and has held several Supervisory Board positions in the business sector and in national and international Non-Governmental Organizations. Awarded honorary title of Minister of State

  • Caroline Kende-Robb

    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)