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Kartick  Satyanarayan – Founder & Chairman

Kartick Satyanarayan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Wildlife SOS. He is a Member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group (Sloth Bear Team Expert), the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, the State Wildlife Advisory Board of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the State Wildlife Advisory Board of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the Central Zoo Authority’s Captive Elephant Evaluation Committee and the Executive Board of Friendicoes- SECA in New Delhi. He is a former Member of the Government of India’s Central Zoo Authority (2007-2013) and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of the Government of NCT Delhi. His lifelong love of animals has translated into 23 years of unflinching dedication and service to wildlife conservation and welfare, environmental protection and the vision of a modern India where man and animal coexist respectfully and in peace together.

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Geeta  Seshamani -Founder

Geeta Seshamani is the acting Senior Wildlife Conservationist, Co-Founding Director and Secretary of Wildlife SOS. Established in 1995 with Co-Founder Mr. Kartik Satyanarayan and based in New Delhi, India, the organization has an objective of protecting India’s Environmental and Wildlife resources from unsustainable exploitation. She is recognized by and affiliate to the Animal Welfare Board of India. Winner of the inaugural Planman Media Award for Environmental Activism (2009), the Karamveer Puraskar Award, Limca’s “People of the Year” Award, the prestigious “Pehal Award” by Zee News and two-time winner of The Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Disaster Management and Planning and lauded guest speaker at innumerable engagements, Mrs. Seshamani is a tireless Animal Rights Activist demonstrating lifelong devotion to the protection and well-being of all living things.

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    Aparna Rajgopal

    A lawyer by training and an artist by nature, she is currently a member of the Wildlife SOS Executive Board. Aparna decided to dedicate her legal education to the
cause of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and animal law reform and has been associated with Wildlife SOS for over a decade. She has been actively involved in the creation of a law enforcement manual that has been close to her heart, as she believes that effective enforcement is possible only through awareness building and sensitization of law enforcement agencies.

        Arjun Nirula

        Arjun Raj Nirula is a Photographer and Film-maker based in New Delhi, India. He attended Vanderbilt University (USA) and King’s College (UK). He currently serves as the Director of the Nirula Family Company and as a Board Member of the Nirula Family Art Trust, in addition to steering several collaborative creative projects. He is a lifelong friend and supporter of both Wildlife SOS and Friendicoes. His enthusiasm and advisory capabilities are tremendous value-adds for the organisation.

            Dr. Sabrina Sabharwal

            Sabrina Sabharwal has been an avid wildlife lover and supporter of Wildlife SOS for many years. Her medical expertise as a Pediatric Physician has been prevailed upon at times for, among other heroic deeds, assisting in the delivery of breeched puppies. She has always been willing to step in and lend a hand, and it is this spirit which has made her a wonderful ally of Wildlife SOS since its inception.

                Kate Schnepel

                Kate Schnepel has worked in animal welfare for 15 years. She was the Strategic Communications Director at Best Friends Animal Society, a national nonprofit organization with a mission of ending the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. In her last role she oversaw PR, digital strategy, social media, messaging and policy for the organization. Kate served on the Board of Wildlife SOS USA since its inception in 2005, and has transitioned into her current role as Director of Communications and Development as of October 2014. Over the years she has visited India several times and with each trip her commitment to the mission of Wildlife SOS and the work of Wildlife SOS USA has grown stronger.

                    Onita Nakra

                    Onita’s love for animals has inspired her support for Wildlife SOS. With over twenty-five years of experience in education, research, training, evaluation and counseling, she has taught students ranging in age from grade to graduate school across a diverse spectrum of abilities and culture. In her capacity as an Educational Psychologist she has worked with special needs children and young adults in Dubai, India, and the USA. As an Educational Consultant she has extensive experience training teachers and she provides counseling for parents and students as well. She specializes in areas of assessment, diagnosis and interventions for children with learning difficulties. She is the Author of “Overcoming Learning Difficulties” and a columnist in Friday Magazine as well as other newspapers and journals.

                        Reed Harrison

                        Reed Harrison graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (USA) with a degree in Art History. She is involved in day-to-day operations at Wildlife SOS’s Central office in New Delhi. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor. Ever smiling and enthusiastic, Reed is delighted to contribute to the happiness of all of her neighbors in India, man and animal alike, through her support of Wildlife SOS.

                            Vidya Das Arora

                            With a Bachelors and Masters in English Literature as well as an M.Phil from the prestigious Delhi University, Vidya describes herself as an intensive reader. She has also done research on Modern drama and Indian Literature. A firm believer of the Wildlife SOS objectives, Vidya joined the board and has been helping out in guiding the education and conservation awareness program.

                              UK Support

                                Pooja Binepal

                                Pooja is a Commercial Insurance Broker who has lived in England for the past 13 years. She was moved by the passion she saw in Geeta and Kartick’s commitment to and love for animals and the Indian people. In 2012, Pooja began volunteering and now acts as Director of the UK arm of the charity. When asked what gives her joy in working for the organisation she says, “My educational and professional qualifications (MBA and ACII) have enabled me to progress in my career. However, what gives me most joy is the love and support received from supporters who make it possible for Wildlife SOS to continue their non-stop work of rescuing, rehabilitating and educating.”

                                  USA Support

                                  Danielle Brigida

                                  Daniella currently works for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC and oversees Social Media Strategy. She is considered an expert in her field and frequently serves as a panelist and Featured Speaker at International conferences. Danielle loves wildlife and has been an active member of the Wildlife SOS USA Board since 2012.

                                    Amber Ayers

                                    Amber is a Senior Manager and Creative contributor with the “Best Friends Animal Society”. She oversees creative strategy and supervises the creative team critical for successfully executing public education campaigns. She has experience working with celebrities and finding ways to utilize grassroots low-cost means to achieve serious results. Amber has been an active board member of Wildlife SOS USA since 2012.

                                        Kate Schnepel

                                        Kate Schnepel has worked in animal welfare for 15 years. She was the Strategic Communications Director at Best Friends Animal Society, a national nonprofit organization with a mission of ending the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. In her last role she oversaw PR, digital strategy, social media, messaging and policy for the organization. Kate served on the Board of Wildlife SOS USA since its inception in 2005, and has transitioned into her current role as Director of Communications and Development as of October 2014. Over the years she has visited India several times and with each trip her commitment to the mission of Wildlife SOS and the work of Wildlife SOS USA has grown stronger.

                                            Thomas Sharp

                                            Thomas Sharp is a wildlife ecologist by profession, a member of the IUCN sloth bear expert team and a member of the Utah Eagle Working Group. He is an expert in sensitive, threatened and endangered wildlife in the Western United States. He has ongoing bear research projects based in India, Bhutan and Laos. He has a strong interest in utilizing scientific research for the purpose of wildlife conservation.

                                                Brett Adams

                                                Though originally from the East Coast of the United States, the mountains of Utah and the opportunities for adventure in the American West proved irresistible for Brett upon his graduation from University. Now, seasoned with over 20 years of global travel and exploration, he brings his lifelong commitment to conservation, preservation, education and coexistence to the Wildlife SOS USA Board. An airline pilot by profession, Brett’s strong business acumen as well as his experience training and developing community leaders though Landmark Worldwide makes him an asset to the team.

                                                    Jon Dunn

                                                    Jon Dunn is the Senior Manager of Policy for Best Friends Animal Society. He is responsible for the creation and management of the vast amount of policies and positions for the organization. He also handles a variety of communications related tasks including editorial writing and working closely with the Best Friends legislative team.
                                                    Jon is very passionate about other issues facing animals as well, and is a cofounder of Vegan Grand Rapids – a local restaurant guide and vegan advocacy group in West Michigan where he calls home. He most recently created a campaign that aims to have Grand Rapids join more than 40 other U.S. communities that have banned the use of wild animals in entertainment. Both Jon and his partner Kolene are cat people and currently share their home with two cats; Vinnie, Carl.