The Wildlife Justice Commission
The Wildlife Justice Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organisation operating globally. Consisting of international justice, law enforcement and wildlife crime experts with a core, lean team based in The Hague, the Netherlands, and others in the field.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is a charitable foundation incorporated under Dutch law with ANBI tax status. Our Annual Reports are publicly available.
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. She received a BA with honours in Political Science from Trinity College, a J.D. summa cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University and a LL.M. with honours from the University of Amsterdam. Olivia is a dual national of the US and The Netherlands.
Chief of Investigations
The identity of our investigations team is not publicly disclosed for operational security reasons.
Sarah StonerSenior Investigations Manager
After gaining an honours degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies, Sarah worked for Greater Manchester Police in the UK for six years, firstly as an intelligence officer, where she was based in Specialist Operational Units, such as the Air Support and Tactical Command Units. She later moved into an analytical role where she was professionally trained as a criminal intelligence analyst, working at the Force Intelligence Bureau focusing on acquisitive crime, and finally a short deployment at the Counter-Terrorism Unit, where she worked on several live operations. She later moved to the UK Wildlife Crime Unit where worked on national wildlife crime issues and where her interest in international wildlife crime led to a role with TRAFFIC based in Malaysia, where she directed the law enforcement support work for Southeast Asia during four years. Sarah has also authored and coordinated diverse reports and case studies on wildlife crime issues.
Sarah joined the Wildlife Justice Commission in 2016 as a Senior Intelligence Analyst and recently moved into the Senior Investigations Manager role where she now heads the Intelligence Unit, supporting the Investigations Team.
Isabel LealCommunications Director
Isabel has over 20 years professional experience in communications, both in the private and the non-for-profit sectors. Passionate about environmental issues, she joined the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) in 2017 as Communications Director, where she leads the development and implementation of strategic communications plans aimed at enhancing WJC efforts to help disrupt and dismantle transnational, organised wildlife crime.
Prior to becoming part of the WJC team, Isabel was an independent international consultant for 12 years, leading communications and advocacy projects mainly for international entities and corporates, delivering consultancy studies aimed at helping organisations expand their funding capacity and freelancing for thematic magazines and news agencies. Earlier on, Isabel was Communications Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières Spain, following a few years in the television business. She had previously worked in the media department of Greenpeace International at its HQ in Amsterdam.
A Spanish national, Isabel holds a Bachelor in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and a diploma on leadership and management of non-profits by leading ESADE Business School.
Pieter MohrDirector of Strategic Partnerships
Pieter has extensive experience in both corporate and in SME environments. His experience is broad and ranges from M&A and Strategic Affairs to Marketing and Communications. As an entrepreneur, he was active in fundraising and sponsoring and developed tailor-made concepts for corporations and sports federations. After leaving the company he co-founded, Pieter worked as an interim manager helping SMEs considerably improve their profitability by focussing on the revenue side.
In 2015 Pieter joined the Wildlife Justice Commission, where his responsibilities include engaging stakeholder efforts aimed towards getting authorities to enforce their laws related to wildlife crimes.
Pieter has a passion for wildlife, sparked during an overland trip from North to South Africa after finishing his studies in International Law.
Andrea FreyDirector of International Growth
Andrea joined the WJC in 2017 as Director of International Growth. She focuses on strengthening key external relationships and is responsible for engaging with strategic current and new donor audiences and the access to new markets.
Her passion for conservation is also manifested by her commitment as acting Managing Director at the Minara Nature Foundation (MNF), a family foundation with an interest in wildlife conservation.
Previously, Andrea spent nine years at the Oak Foundation as Head of the Special Interest Program and as a Senior Consultant developing the five-year strategy for Oak’s Wildlife Trade Program (WTP). Prior to joining the Oak Foundation, she worked as a campaign coordinator for the Israel section of Amnesty International and for political campaigns in Switzerland, also serving as Project Manager for major international development assignments.
Andrea is fluent in German, English and French and holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College, London.