A small but diverse and dedicated team of professionals tackling transnational, organised wildlife crime
Our WJC community is made up of teams of investigators, analysts, diplomats, lawyers, communicators and administrators, committed to our core objective of disrupting and helping dismantle transnational, organised wildlife crime.
We are a young organisation – only formed in 2015 – but we have decades of experience to bring to our work.
At the core of who we are and what we do is our investigations and intelligence teams. The nature of their work is behind the scenes and confidential, but their expertise in conducting complex investigations across national borders and the vital intelligence they gather, enables us to bring the wildlife criminals out of the shadows. Read more about their work here.
We also have an incredible group of independent experts in the Independent Review Panel committed to supporting the organisation by reviewing our Case Files. The group includes: Edgardo Buscaglia, Lai Siu Chiu, Fatoumata Dembélé, Diego García-Sayán, Misha Glenny, Nik Gowing, Philippe Kirsch, Isaac Lenaola, Natalie Nougayrède, Kamundoni Nyasulu, Anton du Plessis, Kimberly Prost, Olivier C. Ruppel, Sylvia Steiner, David Tolbert, José Ugaz and Annecoos Wiersema.
Our small team represents twenty different countries and cultures and we are very proud of our diversity.
“I am fascinated about the work of the WJC, especially that of addressing the main axis of the lucrative illicit wildlife commerce through focusing on the principal drivers which if not curtailed would speed up the extinction of many threatened wildlife species. This consequently would degrade quality of livelihoods of human communities that depend on it. Accordingly, I am passionate about the WJC cause.”
“The worst wildlife crimes are transnational in their context and those committing them act with impunity worldwide. Effective prevention and responses, therefore, should have a crucial transnational strategy and component. The Wildlife Justice Commission fulfils a fundamental function, contributing to the prevention of, and justice for, wildlife crimes.”
Independent Review Panel
Our core team is supported by a Supervisory Board – a group of experts from across the globe who provide the organisation with valuable local insights and knowledge.
The WJC Council
The members of the WJC Council are renowned experts from around the world who have agreed to donate their vast experience to furthering the activities of the organisation to activate justice for wildlife crimes. They are appointed by the Executive Board, after consultation with the Supervisory Board.