As Acting Whale Program Director, Matt Collis leads IFAW's efforts to protect our planet's great whales from commercial whaling and the many other threats they face worldwide.
Matt has worked on whale protection issues at IFAW for more than a decade, working in IFAW’s London and Sydney offices before taking on this role. Matt joined IFAW in 2005, spending six years in the London office, working across all of IFAW’s campaigns and leading IFAW’s relations with the UK government, before moving to Sydney in 2011. As Policy & Campaigns Manager in the IFAW Oceania office, Matt led campaigns focused on protecting the whales in the region and the wonderful and unique animals, such as koalas, wombats and kangaroos that call Australia home. Whether Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, oil exploration in Australian waters, shipping in New Zealand or inappropriate developments in koala habitat, Matt used his political knowledge and campaigning skills to protect wildlife, appearing before Australian Senate inquiries and being a regular commentator in Australian media on wildlife issues. Matt was invited as an adviser onto the Australian government delegation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) as well as attending these conventions as part of IFAW’s delegation.
In August 2016, Matt returned to the UK, and led the preparations for the IFAW delegation to the IWC meeting in October, before taking on his current role.