The Board of Trustees of ENV Wildlife Conservation Trust comprises:
Douglas Hendrie Executive Director
Doug helped create ENV and has been serving as Chief Technical Advisor. Doug first came to Vietnam in 1996 to complete his Master’s Degree research, and then returned in 1997 to work for Fauna and Flora International as Director of the Cuc Phuong Conservation Project at Cuc Phuong National Park. There at the park, he met Quyen, whom he married in 2000. Since then, Doug has worked to support the development of ENV as Chief Technical Advisor.
However, Doug has worn many hats during his long stint in Vietnam, contributing a portion of his time to ENV, while also founding the Asian Turtle Program in pursuit of his life-long interest in tortoises and freshwater turtles, and establishing the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Vietnam program in 2004. Doug is also credited with helping to establish the Small Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park, both of which were programs under the Cuc Phuong Conservation Project he directed. He sits on the boards of the UK-based non-profit organizations Indo-Myanmar Conservation and the Turtle Conservation Fund.
Doug is still splitting his time between the United States and Vietnam, and provides critical support to ensure that the effectiveness of on-the-ground initiatives have a great impact on wildlife protection.
Michael Kennedy has been the Campaign Director of a number of international NGOs with offices in Australia since 1978: Friends of the Earth (FOE), The Fund for Animals (FFA), Humane Society International (HSI) and Senior Conservation Policy Adviser to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He was the inaugural Campaign Director of FFA and the joint Founding Director of HSI.
Michael was a key player in the establishment of the Regional Natural Heritage Program, which allocated many millions of dollars to protecting biodiversity hotspots in South East Asia and the Pacific, distributed to non-government groups in the region. In 2000, Michael established a small grants program for NGOs in the Southeast Asia/Pacific and African regions (and more recently South America). Since that time, the program has funded some 500 NGO projects, primarily in ‘biodiversity hotspot’ nations, supporting projects worth over $6 million in over 35 countries.
Michael has directed NGO conservation treaty programs for 35 years, covering a range of international treaties, including the CBD, IWC, CITES, CMS and its many subsidiary agreements, WTO, CCAMLR, CRAMRA, the international climate change negotiations (REDD) and many other international forums.
Dave Eastham is currently the Executive Director of European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries. Dave graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Zoology and went onto pursue his career in wild animal welfare – eventually working at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) where he became Head of Wildlife. Dave developed his skills working on campaigns and projects including bear farming, zoo animal welfare, and human wildlife conflict. He has also managed the grant-funding of many projects including anti-poaching initiatives in Africa, primate rescue sanctuaries in Africa and Asia, wildlife rehabilitation and release projects, and captive marine mammal campaigns. Dave worked closely with ENV’s Wildlife Conservation Trust’s sister organization (ENV) as a donor and partner to phase out bear farming in Vietnam.
Kym Gopp is Conservation Curator at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Kym has extensive experience in developing and executing the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. She also manages field conservation and conservation grants programs, and administers conservation budgets and restricted conservation funds. Kym has been supporting ENV Wildlife Conservation Trust’s sister organization (ENV) for many years.
Rhishja Cota-Larson is the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which is working to stop the economic exploitation of endangered species. Rhishja is a Producer of The Price, a documentary film. She is also the host of the podcast Behind the Schemes, and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine.