Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Cape Town, South Africa

IFAW has appointed South African Jason Bell as Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare.

In his new role, Bell will lead all of IFAW programmatic work in the areas of Landscape Conservation, Community Animals, Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Conservation and Wildlife Trade.

Previously Bell was Regional Director, Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Elephants Programme which has since evolved to become the Landscape Conservation Programme. Most recently he served as Vice President for International Operations.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be taking on this new and exciting challenge.  I am passionate about IFAW’s mission to promote animal welfare and conservation policies and approaches that benefit individual animals as well as populations,” says Bell.

“IFAW is at the cutting edge of the wildlife protection movement, promoting a necessary paradigm shift where every individual animal’s life matters.”

It is a privilege for me to be working closely with IFAW’s President and CEO, Azzedine Downes, to change the face of conservation, one animal at a time.”

In his 20 year career with IFAW, Bell has worked on a range of animal welfare and conservation issues including; ending the ivory trade; ending unethical “canned” hunting practices in South Africa; promoting sustainable, non-consumptive  tourism (e.g. boat-based whale watching); lobbying for more stringent wildlife protection measures through CITES, ending commercial whaling, promoting ethically and scientifically sound conservation management approaches for elephants in Southern Africa; landscape conservation in Africa and Asia; and government relations.  

IFAW President and CEO Azzedine Downes, has welcomed Bell’s new appointment.

"I am thrilled to have Jason take on the role of overseeing worldwide programmes for IFAW. Southern Africa is one of the most important parts of the world for conservation and Jason's background in that part of the world is indispensable," said Downes.

Under Bell’s leadership, IFAW Southern Africa has worked to engage communities as a critical part of both conservation and animal welfare impact.

“Animal welfare and conservation policies cannot be promoted in a vacuum.  Local people are a critical ingredient for success.  I am pleased to be able to represent an organisation that is mobilising to create a better world for both animals and people. We simply cannot achieve impact for wild and community animals without the necessary support and buy-in of local people,” Bell concludes.

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos are available at www.ifawimages.com

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