Dr Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
“During my years in Africa studying chimpanzees, I have also been privileged to spend time with other amazing wild animals, particularly elephants.
It is shocking and tragic that these wonderful, intelligent and highly social animals, along with rhinos and other endangered species, are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, skins and so on.
I salute and support all serious efforts to bring the perpetrators of this nightmare to justice, in Africa and everywhere else.
I wish Elephant Action League success in protecting the elephants and fighting wildlife crime.”
Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. He served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009. As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the main focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a young silverback in one of the Karisoke study groups – to sell his skull and hands. Finding the headless, handless body of a gorilla he regarded as a friend was a turning point in his life. Ten years later in Kenya, the experience was repeated when some of the cave-elephants he was studying were killed by ivory poachers. To encourage groups to work together, he established and chairs the Ape Alliance (70 organizations linked via www.4apes.com), the African Ele-Fund and the UK Rhino Group (www.rhinogroup.org.uk). He is now Chief Consultant for GRASP – UNEP/ UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership he helped launch in 2001.
Paul Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of a world melting away under human-induced global warming. “I call myself an interpreter and a translator,” says Nicklen. “I translate what the scientists are telling me. Paul Nicklen has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995. A unique childhood among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and a professional background as a biologist in the Northwest Territories enable him to take on the most inhospitable places on our planet. Nicklen has published eleven stories for National Geographic magazine, including 2011’s August cover story on the elusive spirit bear. His latest book, Polar Obsession, was published by National Geographic in November 2009 and was in its third printing within months of publication. He has received more than 20 international awards, including five awards from World Press Photo (Nature: First Prize Story 2010), three from Pictures of the Year International, two from Communication Arts, and ten in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His TED2011 talk and appearances on television shows such as Jeopardy and in YouTube videos receiving millions of hits have recently thrust him into the popular culture spotlight.
Cristina Mittermeier is one of the premier nature photographers in the world and a marine biologist who for the past 20 years has been working as a writer and photographer. In 2005 she founded the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), a consortium of some of the best photographers in the world, whose work is dedicated to visually communicating conservation issues. She has been the Series Editor for the CEMEX Conservation Book Series since 2007 and in 2008 she was named one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery. She spends most of the year traveling to photograph the fragile relationship between humans and nature. She offers first and foremost a vehicle for raising awareness—the first step in inspiring change—and she does it with the deliberate use of her camera. Ultimately Mittermeier goes beyond the sound bite to reveal a story that offers hope. Her images focus on the increasingly fragile relationship between human cultures and the planet, and her work encompasses important sustainability topics such as biodiversity and indigenous peoples.
Angelo Moratti in addition to serving as a member of Saras Group’ Board of Directors, is member of the board of directors of the Special Olympics International and Chairman of Special Olympics Italy. He was Chairman of the board of directors of Sarlux from 1996 through 2002 and President of AON Nikols Italia S.p.A from 2002 throught 2007. Mr. Moratti is the Founder of ePlanet in 1996 and has been involved in venture capital investing ever since.
Gregory Colbert is a Canadian film-maker and photographer best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum. Since its debut in Venice in 2002, over 10 million people have attended Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert, an exhibition of more than 50 large-scale photographic artworks, a 60-minute feature film, and two short film “haikus”. None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed. Colbert, who calls animals “nature’s living masterpieces,” chose to film animals in their native habitats in an effort to be true to each animal’s voice. The film can be viewed as a work of art as well as a poetic field study. The film was edited by two-time Oscar winner Pietro Scalia. “In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”
Dominic Cunningham-Reid, founder and chairman of Cosmic Picture, conceived, developed and produced the IMAX© film Journey to Mecca and he’s currently producing Jerusalem, filmed in IMAX® 3D. He has shot and produced documentary films for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Paramount Pictures, News Corporation, ZDF German Television, RAI Television and Oprah Winfrey. Cosmic Picture is developing a feature documentary about the issue of elephant poaching through a dramatic human story. Dominic spent his twenties as a freelance photojournalist for Associated Press and Reuters, covering wars in Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda – where he was first in and received a world press nomination for his work – Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Afghanistan – and as a documentary filmmaker produced and hosted National Geographic’s acclaimed Special Diamonds of Warabout the Blood Diamond trade and the award-winning The War Next Door about the drug war in Colombia.