We Are Panthera

Your support helps our team of passionate and dedicated people around the globe protect wild cats and the wild places they live. Whether they direct Panthera’s conservation and research strategies, educate the world about wild cats or build our global operations, Panthera’s leaders are devoted to our mission to preserve wild cats for future generations. 

Panthera’s team is not alone in tackling this challenge. Anyone and everyone who loves wild cats is part of this movement. Explore our Help Cats page to see how you can get involved. 

The People of Panthera

Whether on the frontlines of conservation or based in our New York City headquarters, Panthera is led by a burgeoning team of multinational scientists, law enforcement professionals and other wild cat advocates.

Our team includes over 100 staff working and leading projects in over 35 countries across four continents.

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Meet Our Global Staff


Fred Launay, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Kevin McNulty

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Joe Smith, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President for Conservation Actions

John Goodrich, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Carolyn Gibson

Chief Administration Officer

Guy Balme, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Conservation Science

Emily Beverage

General Counsel

Angela Ambrosini

Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Engagement

Eric Ventura

Director, Business Development

Program Directors

Abishek Harihar, Ph.D.

Director, Tiger Program

Allison Devlin, Ph.D.

Director, Jaguar Program

Andrew Loveridge, Ph.D.

Director, Lion Program

Axel Moehrenschlager, Ph.D.

Director, Small Cats Program and Conservation Translocation

Byron Weckworth, Ph.D.

Director, Snow Leopard Program
Director, Conservation Genetics

Gareth Mann, Ph.D.

Director, Leopard Program

Mark Elbroch, Ph.D.

Director, Puma Program

Kim Young-Overton, Ph.D.

Director, Kaza Program/Cheetah Program

Wai-Ming Wong, Ph.D.

Director, Small Cat Conservation Science


Karen Wood

Senior Director, Global Policy

Susie Weller Sheppard

Director, Public Relations

Alex Varga

Director, Regional Programming

Hugh Robinson, Ph.D.

Director, Applied Science

Chris Cline

Chief Technologist

Fernanda Ribeiro

Director, Institutional Partnerships

Grégory Breton

Managing Director, Panthera France

Wai Yee Lam

Malaysia Country Director

Shannon Dubay

Director, Conservation Technology

Kritsana Kaewplang

Panthera Thailand Director

Regional Directors

Philipp Henschel, Ph.D.

Regional Director, West and Central Africa

Kristine Maciejewski, Ph.D.

Regional Director, Southern and East Africa

Roberto Salom-Pérez, Ph.D.

Regional Director, Latin America

Conservation Science

Rana Bayrakcismith

Senior Program Manager, Conservation Science

Conservation Action

Maya Bankova

Program Manager, Conservation Action

Counter Wildlife Crime Unit

Camilla Fritze

Chair, Counter Wildlife Crime

Andrea Moshier

Coordinator, Counter Wildlife Crime Projects

Mark Booton

Lead, Counter Wildlife Crime Research & Analytics

In Memoriam

Alan Rabinowitz


Howard Quigley, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Director, Conservation Science and Senior Director, Jaguar Program