Kelvin Alie, Programme Director, Wildlife Trade

Kelvin Alie

Programme Director, Wildlife Trade

Kelvin Alie gives us an overview of the current programme status.


Kelvin Alie has worked with IFAW since 2001 and is responsible for the management and leadership of IFAW’s work around the world to protect wild animals from over-exploitation and illegal trade. A conservation professional for more than 15 years, Kelvin is leading the global expansion of IFAW’s wildlife crime and consumer awareness program with a focus on addressing each link along the illegal wildlife trade chain - source, transit and consumer countries - including efforts to better integrate animal welfare and conservation into wildlife trade policy and planning.

Under his leadership, IFAW has expanded a Wildlife Law Enforcement Capacity-Building initiative which provides training, equipment and support to frontline enforcement personnel as well as public awareness initiatives aimed at reducing the demand and consumption of endangered species. This Capacity-Building initiative has delivered more than 40 wildlife law enforcement-related trainings in 15 countries; trained more than 1,800 frontline enforcement personnel (customs, border police, wildlife, rangers); established partnerships with INTERPOL and national and regional enforcement agencies across Africa and Asia to combat elephant, rhino and tiger crimes and collaborated with the U.S Department of State on efforts to strengthen law enforcement capabilities to protect endangered species from poaching and illegal trade.

Kelvin is helping direct IFAW’s involvement in establishing a wildlife enforcement network for the Horn of Africa and also maintains responsibilities for lobbying governments to strengthen their commitments to international wildlife treaties such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

He is the recipient of the award for excellence in wildlife enforcement by the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and contributor to the book Elephants and Ivory (IFAW, 2013), a look at the facts, issues, and prospects for elephant conservation in the wild.

Kelvin previously led IFAW’s animal welfare and conservation-related programs in the English-speaking Caribbean and coordinated IFAW’s efforts to address the commercial bushmeat trade in Africa. He was the IFAW representative on the steering committee of the US Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF), established to help eliminate the illegal commercial bushmeat trade in Africa. He is currently an advisor to the Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program, a joint initiative with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and is currently mentoring a team of Caribbean nationals on a project to stop illegal wildlife trafficking in the Wider Caribbean Region.

A native of Dominica, Kelvin holds graduate degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Economics and has held previous wildlife protection and management positions with Dominica Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Department.

Special Assistant to the Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection Programme, IFAW International
Wildlife Projects Manager, Animals in Crisis and Distress Program, IFAW International
Forest Officer, Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, Dominica

Postgraduate coursework, Natural Resource Management, University of New Hampshire, USA
Certificate, Strategic Frameworks for Non-Profit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, USA
Certificate, Project Management, George Mason University, School of Continuing Professional Education, USA
Master of Science (MSc), Biodiversity Conservation, University of Hull, UK
Master of Arts, Economics, City College of New York, USA
Diploma in Forestry, Cyprus Forestry College, Republic of Cyprus

Journal Articles

  • Alie, K. 2008. Whales: more valuable alive than dead? A question for decision makers in Eastern Caribbean whale-watching destinations. Journal of Business, Finance and Economics in Emerging Economies.  Vol. 3. No. 1 (2008): 177-190.
  • Davis BW, Alie K, Fielding W, Morters M, Galindo F. 2007. Characteristics of the owned dog population in Roseau, Dominica.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 10.2 (2007): 141-151
  • Alie K, Davis BW, Fielding W, Galindo F. 2007.  Caribbean attitudes towards dogs and other “pets”: Dominica, a case study. Anthrozoos 20.2 (2007): 143-154.
  • Alie, J.K. & Christian, C.S 1996. Protected Areas Management: The Commonwealth of Dominica Experience. Proceedings of the meeting of Caribbean Foresters, Grenada. 8: 30-34. Rio Piedras USDA Puerto Rico. 

Press contact

To schedule an interview with Kelvin Alie, contact:
Cynthia Carson
Communications Officer, Washington, D.C.
+1 (202) 536 1921