The ASAP Governing Council provides strategic direction to the operation and structure of ASAP. It is made up of individuals representing ASAP Partners, and operates on a rotational system. Currently represented on the Governing Council are:
IUCN Species Survival Commission
Representative: Dr Simon Stuart - Chair
The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 8,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world. SSC’s major role is to provide information to IUCN on biodiversity conservation, the inherent value of species, their role in ecosystem health and functioning, the provision of ecosystem services, and their support to human livelihoods.
Dr Simon Stuart has spent more than 30 years with the IUCN. Until 2016, Simon was Chair of the IUCN SSC, a position he held for two terms, the maximum allowed by IUCN statutes. During his time with IUCN, Simon headed their Species Programme, served as Acting Director General and led the Biodiversity Assessment Unit. Simon is now the Director of Strategic Conservation at Synchronicity Earth, where he works to reduce extinction rates and promote the recovery of threatened species.
Mandai Nature - ASAP host
Representative: Dr Sonja Luz
Mandai Nature is dedicated to protecting threatened species, nurturing healthy ecosystems and creating vibrant communities where wildlife and people can thrive and co-exist, in Singapore and SE Asia. Through collaborations with like-minded partners, Mandai Nature aims to protect threatened species from extinction, especially those endemic to Asia and often overlooked, including addressing issues of wildlife trade and the fragmentation of habitats. It drives nature-based solutions for climate change while working closely with local communities and organisations to create economic opportunities and invest in building skills and conservation capacity on the ground.
Mandai Nature hosts the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) secretariat as well as the Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG) Southeast Asia Resource Center, and continues to work in close partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission to avert species extinctions in the region.
Dr Sonja Luz currently holds a dual role as Deputy CEO of Mandai Nature. As well as Vice President, Conservation, Research & Veterinary with Wildlife Reserves Singapore. In her capacity as Deputy CEO at Mandai Nature, she is responsible for spearheading new collaborations with conservation partners to further drive species and habitat protection, community engagement and nature-based solutions for climate change in Singapore and Southeast Asia. At WRS, aside from overseeing the veterinary team, her work focuses largely on conservation and wildlife health issues of the ASEAN region. With a keen interest in strengthening the role of zoological facilities in species conservation, Dr Luz is also involved in many regional efforts around integrated and strategic conservation planning and conservation capacity building.
IUCN Asia Regional Office
Representative: Alex McWilliam
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation. IUCN’s programmes in Asia focus on mobilising communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss.
Alex McWilliam is the Senior Programme Officer for Species and Programme Coordinator for the Science and Strategy Group at the IUCN Asia Regional Office. He plays a leading role in delivering IUCN’s species conservation portfolio across Asia, which includes several grant making initiatives aimed at conserving biodiversity, enabling civil society, and strengthening capacity. Alex has lived and worked in the Asia region for over 15 years and is based in Bangkok.
Bogor Agricultural University
Representative: Dr. Mirza D. Kusrini
Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia is represented on the ASAP Governing Council by the Department of Conservation of Forest and Ecotourism. The department’s mandate is the development of science and technology for forest resources conservation.
Dr Mirza Kusrini is a lecturer in the Department of Conservation of Forest and Ecotourism at Bogor Agricultural University. Her research is mostly on the biodiversity and ecology of amphibians. She conducted research on population monitoring and behavioural ecology of ASAP species Bleeding Toad Leptophryne cruentata. Her work on amphibian conservation started from a Conservation Leadership Programme award to work on amphibians of Mount Gede Pangrango National Park in the 2004-2007. This has led to other awards, and the establishment of Indonesian Herpetological Society which she had chaired from 2009-2013.
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Representative: Myfanwy Griffith
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is the largest regional professional zoo and aquarium association. It represents and links over 400 zoos, aquariums and associated organisations throughout Europe and the Middle East. For species conservation, EAZA promotes the holistic ‘One Plan Approach’ to its Members. This recognises that the many species thriving in EAZA zoos and aquariums, alongside the unique skills and knowledge held by EAZA Members, are vital parts of the collaborative efforts of the conservation community to save species.
Myfanwy Griffith is the Executive Director of EAZA, where she oversees all services to EAZA Members. She leads on the development and delivery of EAZA’s strategic aims, guiding the direction of the organisation. Myfanwy has a background in leading organisations through periods of growth and is committed to promoting the importance of professional training and education for the zoo and aquarium community.
Global Wildlife Conservation
Representative: Barney Long
Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) is an NGO that conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation.
Dr Barney Long is the Senior Director of Species Conservation at GWC where he works on the conservation of endangered species and their recovery. His work includes protected area management effectiveness and the prevention of poaching. He has and continues to work extensively on ASAP species including Saola, Sumatran and Javan Rhino, Tamaraw, and Gibbons. Prior to joining GWC, Barney led the Species Programme at WWF-US and before that was based in Southeast Asia for a decade.
Representative: Ha Thang Long
GreenViet is a Vietnamese non-profit organisation that works to raise awareness about the country’s biodiversity. The organisation has over 200 volunteers that help to monitor illegal activities in Son Tra Nature Reserve. This forest is home to the endangered red-shanked douc langur.
Dr Ha Thang Long is the Chairman of GreenViet. He has worked in the wildlife conservation field since 1999 in the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park. Following a study of Grey-shanked Douc Langur ecological behaviour, Long founded GreenViet and signed the organisation up to the Biodiversity Programme of Frankfurt Zoological Society. He has gone on to establish the Biodiversity Conservation Centre in central Vietnam, and is currently an invited lecturer in biodiversity conservation at Danang University.
Representative: Kanitha Krishnasamy
TRAFFIC is a leading NGO working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The organisation has over 130 staff working on five continents towards the shared goal of reducing the pressure from illegal and unsustainable trade on biodiversity.
Kanitha Krishnasamy is Director of TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, where she leads the region’s extensive programme on tackling the trade in threatened species. She brings a wealth of knowledge on wildlife trade and conservation policy, allowing the organisation to work together with agencies and partners towards solutions for wildlife challenges. Prior to joining TRAFFIC, Kanitha worked for the Malaysian Nature Society.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Representative: Colin Poole
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international NGO whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people. Their goal is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 16 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity.
Colin Poole is Regional Director for the Greater Mekong, based in Phnom Penh from where he oversees WCS operations in Cambodia, Chine, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Colin first moved to Cambodia in 1997, where he started WCS’s Cambodia Program and directed it until 2004. During his time in Cambodia he was involved in writing and publishing the first Khmer language guides to both birds and mammals in Cambodia, as well as “Tonle Sap – the Heart of Cambodia’s Natural Heritage”. In 2003, the Royal Cambodian Government awarded him a Knight of the Order of Sahametrei for his services to the country.