Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels

Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels
Monday, 22 January, 2018
Brussels, Belgium

IFAW has appointed Ms. Staci McLennan as the new Director of the European Union (EU) office in Brussels as per 1 December 2017.

McLennan has extensive experience working on animal welfare, wildlife and environmental policy. She has worked in Brussels the last 9 years, with prior experience working on state, regional and federal environmental policy in the US. 

She has a Masters in Environment and Resource Management and conducted field research in Cambodia on the valuation of wildlife by local communities. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University.

Most recently, she served as senior project lead for our wildlife crime program, coordinating our EU-North Africa Wildlife Trafficking project. Staci has represented IFAW at meetings with the European Institutions and in international fora such as CITES and the Bern Convention, focusing on priority issues including wildlife cybercrime, strategies for confiscated animals and implementation of the EU Seal Regime. 

"The EU plays a critical role in setting policy and funding development and conservation efforts impacting animals, wildlife and habitats, not only in Europe, but across the globe," says Staci McLennan. "I welcome the opportunity to guide the EU office’s engagement of decision-makers to ensure the EU agenda translates into conservation solutions that benefit animals, people and the planet."

IFAW Vice-President of International Operations Sonja van Tichelen, who previously held the EU position, is delighted about McLennan’s new appointment. "Of course it is with some regret that I leave this role, but with Staci the EU office is in very capable hands," says Van Tichelen. "I have had the pleasure of working with her for many years now and I admire her professionalism. Staci brings expertise in wildlife issues, leadership and enthusiasm, which are the keys to success!"  

Under McLennan’s leadership, the EU office will serve to translate IFAW’s practical experience from field work in Africa and Asia preventing poaching, protecting wildlife corridors and addressing human-wildlife conflict into effective and targeted policy.

We will also bring expertise in marine conservation and wildlife and marine mammal rescue to the attention of European decision-makers in order to share and promote best practices to reduce ocean noise and ship strikes, as well as develop strategies to protect and rescue animals in the wake of disasters. 

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