Kelvin joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2001 and currently serves as the Director of the Wildlife Trade Program and is Acting VP for Animal Welfare and Conservation. A conservation professional for more than 15 years, Kelvin has spearheaded IFAW’s efforts to stop the illegal trade of high-value wildlife species and to better integrate animal welfare concerns into wildlife trade policy-making.
Under his leadership, IFAW has expanded its role in international wildlife trade issues through partnerships with INTERPOL, non-governmental organisations, and national and regional wildlife enforcement agencies in Africa and Asia to combat wildlife crime. He also expanded IFAW’s wildlife law enforcement capacity-building initiative which provides training, equipment and support to frontline enforcement personnel as well as guidance and support to countries in developing plans to counter wildlife trafficking. This capacity-building initiative has delivered more than 75 wildlife law enforcement-related trainings in 37 countries; trained and equipped more than 2,500 frontline enforcement personnel (customs, border police, wildlife, rangers); and helped established the Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HA-WEN).
Kelvin is the recipient of the award for excellence in wildlife enforcement by the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and has worked alongside INTERPOL officials to conduct investigations and operations targeting ivory and rhino horn traffickers in Africa. He is the co-author of a study published in the journal Biological Conservation linking wildlife conservation to international conflict, insecurity, and development and currently serves on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development task force on illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods. Kelvin has delivered a number of presentations on global wildlife crime issues and is a lead trainer in IFAW’s prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking trainings.
Master of Science (MSc), Biodiversity Conservation, University of Hull, UK
Master of Arts (MA), Economics, City College of New York, USA
Diploma in Forestry, Cyprus Forestry College, Republic of Cyprus