The Elephants Action League’s team is very diverse and includes individuals with different backgrounds, from wildlife conservation to business and security to media & communication to entrepreneurship.
As a team we have the skills and the experience needed to identify, support and monitor concret field projects focused especially on wildlife crime, as well as to develop global communication campaigns to challenge important issues such as the ivory trade.
Some of us have 20+ years experience in conservation projects around the world and are directly involved in wildlife law enforcement & anti-poaching activities. We think that ambitious goals like those of EAL require a unique blend of high-level professional experience, diversified knowledge, real networking power and the capacity to engage all the stakeholders.
Andrea Crosta, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Andrea has 25 years of experience in conservation and research projects all over the world. He sits on the board of the Italian environmental NGO “Torbiera” Zoological Society and since 1989 he has been involved on a variety of projects in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
In a parallel professional career he has been working for over 15 years as an international consultant to companies and governmental agencies on high-end security services, homeland security, investigation and risk management, a unique knowledge that he now applies to conservation and wildlife protection.
In 1998 he founded ‘Think Italy’, among the very first e-commerce companies in Italy. Andrea is also a partner of ‘Kids Home’, a private NGO that provides support to children and their families in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
He holds a Master Degree in Natural Sciences, a Master Degree in Business & Innovation and a BSc in Psychology.
Francesco Rocca, Co-Founder
Francesco is the founder of the ‘Torbiera’ Zoological Society, member of IUCN and among the finest private zoological foundations in Italy. Throughout the years Francesco made a name for himself as an expert on wildlife conservation and over 20 years ago he was among the first to initiate and support the conservation program on the Amur leopard in the Russian Far East.
He is the co-founder of the NGO ‘Trust The Forest’ that contributed to establish one of the first truly protected areas in Gabon, in the now Ivindo National Park. He also established an important private protected area in Northern Argentina, about 5000 ha, a biodiversity ‘hotspot’ adjacent to the Calilegua National Park.
Francesco supported several researchers all over the world who produced conservation studies on subjects such as the Andean Mountain Cat in Argentina, the Indochinese leopard in Southern Thailand, the leopard in Armenia and the large mammals in the Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal. From 1994 to 2000 he was member of the Italian CITES Scientific Committee.
Gilda Moratti, Co-Founder
Gilda is the eldest daughter of former Italian Minister Letizia Arnaboldi Brichetto and the magnate Gianmarco Moratti. She has worked at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and she’s the founder and great supporter of the “Squadra4zampe” association, which fights for the rights of animals.
She collaborates with the photographer-philosopher Gregory Colbert, also following him in his many trips: in his works we find the strong message of harmony and empathy between man and nature that summarize Gilda’s belief and dedication for the protection of animals.
Michael Beckner, Director North America & Wildlife Trafficking
Mike has over 10 years of experience in the conservation field, most of which was spent in Tanzania. Both field-based and operations-focused roles with the Friedkin Conservation Fund provided Mike with an ability to relate to difficulties on the ground and understand the nuances of affecting good conservation work in challenging situations.
Before joining the Elephant Action League, Mike worked at Conservation International, serving as the Wildlife Trafficking Manager.
Mike holds BSc degrees in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech and in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) as well as an Executive Master’s in Natural Resources from the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.
ADVISOR FOR WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DEMAND REDUCTION
Pauline is an environmental lawyer specialized in the enforcement of international wildlife law. Since 2001 she has worked to combat environmental and wildlife crime with the Dutch police and Dutch public prosecutors office consecutively.
From 2009 until 2012 she was based in Malaysia as TRAFFIC and WWF’s tiger trade programme manager where she coordinated TRAFFIC/WWF’s efforts to tackle tiger trade in Asia through anti-poaching and anti-trafficking work, policy and advocacy as well as interventions to reduce consumer demand in Asia. She is lead-author of Reduced to Skin and Bones. An analysis of tiger seizures from 11 tiger range countries (2000-2010), TRAFFIC International 2010.
Currently she has her own consultancy, EcoJust, which advises NGOs, governments and businesses on issues related to the implementation and enforcement of (international) biodiversity law (www.ecojust.eu).
ADVISOR FOR GOVERNMENT AND NGOs RELATIONS
Rosalind is an environmental lawyer who has been working on biodiversity and wildlife trade issues, both at an international policy level and on the ground, for 26 years. She is an adviser to Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation on CITES and has conducted investigations into ivory and rhino horn trade in East and Southern Africa.
She is author of Policing International Trade in Endangered Species: the CITES Treaty and Compliance and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. Rosalind is also a senior consultant to the Ateneo School of Government in the Philippines on REDD+, the international mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and served on the Policy Board for the UN-REDD Program. www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/directory/70624
ADVISOR FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS – AFRICA
Aaron is an African-based consultant with fourteen years of experience in the fields of governance, security, natural resource conservation, illicit commodity flows, conflict-management, and human rights. Since 2002 he has worked in one or more of these fields for the Enough Project, The Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, The U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Department of State, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2002-05.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Cultural Geography from the University of Montana and an M.A. in International Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in Kigali, Rwanda with his wife and two daughters.
ADVISERS FOR COMMUNICATION & MEDIA RELATIONS
Up to 1999 she directed the Bellerive Animal & Nature Conservation Fund, an international NGO funded by HR Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The scope of Bellerive was to generate awareness and preserve endangered species and their habitat throughout the world.
She collaborated with many international agencies such as The Humane Society of the US, the Earth & Island Institute of San Francisco, WWF, Greenpeace, EU, UNESCO and many government agencies throughout Africa and Asia. Giuli was able to lobby and obtain support for the passing of international laws for the protection and preservation of marine life and in particular of dolphins and whales. Such international laws and guidelines include the ‘dolphin safe’ tag all on canned tuna products. During the nineties Giuli also produced nature programs for the German network TV ZDF, National Geographic and CBS. She currently works exclusively for the Canadian artist Gregory Colbert on the promotion and launch of “Ashes & Snow”, the photographic exhibit that in 2005 gathered over 500,000 visitors in New York.
Massimo is the founder of PrimA Management & Entertainment, a branded entertainment company that advises its clients on how to best connect with consumers through fashion, entertainment, art & design.
He has over 25 years of experience in the fashion & lifestyle industries. Massimo has a personal passion for the Environment and Sustainability. He has supported David de Rothschild’s Plastiki Expedition and regularly takes part in environmental related initiatives such as Christie’s Green Auction and the Copenhagen Summit. More recently he has joined Livia and Colin Firth in their project to promote sustainable fashion: The Green Carpet Challenge.