Founders

Geeta Seshamani

Co-Founder and Secretary

Geeta Seshamani is an acting Senior Wildlife Conservationist and animal rights activist. For over three decades, her life has been centered on the profound belief that man can coexist with animals and forests. She is the Vice President of Friendicoes SECA and the Co- Founder and Secretary of Wildlife SOS.

Having witnessed the cruel treatment of stray dogs in New Delhi, she felt compelled to become their voice and champion their cause. In 1979, she became a part of Friendicoes SECA (Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals), an animal rescue and welfare non- profit, and currently serves as its vice president. Friendicoes SECA began as a shelter for sick, injured animals or abandoned pets and has gradually grown into Delhi’s largest shelter for domestic animals. Today, it has a hospice, outpatient department (OPD) and ambulance services, an animal sanctuary in Gurgaon and a mobile clinic for horses and donkeys.

Geeta is now focused on developing human wildlife conflict mitigation strategies to aid wildlife conservation in India. She is currently a Special Officer of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Govt. of India. She is also a member of CPSCEA committee for the ethical treatment of animals in experimentation and a former member of the Central Zoo Authority, Govt. of India as well as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).

Geeta was featured amongst the ‘Women of Pure Wonder’ in the Vodafone 2016 book of the same title.She is co-author of ‘Dancing Bears of India and Trade in Bears and Their Parts in India: Threats to Conservation of Bears.’ A lauded guest speaker at innumerable global conferences, Geeta demonstrates her lifelong devotion to the protection and well-being of all living things tirelessly.

Kartick Satyanarayan

CEO & Co-Founder

Kartick Satyanarayan’s love of the natural world began early in life; he spent his youth rescuing animals and exploring the forest near his Bangalore home. In 1995 he founded Wildlife SOS with Geeta Seshamani, dedicating this non-profit organization to protecting India’s environmental and wildlife resources from unsustainable exploitation. Wildlife SOS changed Indian history by rescuing over 600 performing ‘dancing bears’.

Kartick Satyanarayan is the Co-Founder and CEO 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 Member of the Government of India’s Central Zoo Authority (2007-2015) and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of the Government of NCT Delhi.

He is a TED International Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar Award (2010), the Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Disaster Management and Planning, and the Karamveer Puraskar of the Congo Civil Society (2009). He has been an invited speaker at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, the House of Lords in London, Clinton School in the US among others.

Kartick’s current focus is the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict in India through a series of workshops in bear habitat communities. Educating people about how to avoid animal conflict while fostering an appreciation for wildlife will save human and animal lives and enhance conservation of India’s natural resources.

Indian Board of Directors

Aparna Rajagopal

Board Member

Arjun Nirula

Board Member

Onita Nakra

Board Member

Reed Harrison

Board Member

Vidya Das Arora

Board Member

USA Board of Directors

Amber Ayers

Vice President

Danielle Brigida

Board Member

Greta Palmer

Board Member

Kate Schnepel

Board Member

Kristen Ward Broz

President

Laura Gonzo

Board Member

Miriam Waigand

Treasurer

Sunny Branson

Secretary

Indian Staff

Baiju Raj M.V.

Director Conservation Projects

Dr. Arun A Sha

Director – Research & Veterinary Operations

Suvidha Bhatnagar

Communications and Fundraising Advisor

Dr. S. Ilayaraja

Deputy Director - Veterinary Services

Wasim Akram

Deputy Director- Special Projects

Dr. Yaduraj Khadpekar

Assistant Director - Veterinary and Research

Aaliya Mir

Manager & Education Officer - J & K Project

Rakhee Sharma

Manager - Community Livelihoods and Women Empowerment

Naresh Kumar

Manager- Elephant Conservation and Care Centre

Sandhi Priya

Manager-Corporate and Philanthropic Partnership

Mahendra Balu Dhore

Veterinary Assistant

Jagat Bahadur

Senior Accounts Officer

Jaswant Singh

Accounts Officer

USA Staff

Dana Wilson

Director of Marketing and Communications

Kip Peterson

Director of Advocacy and Engagement

Lavanya Raju

Director of Finance

Nikki Sharp

Executive Director

Thomas Sharp

Director of Conservation and Research

UK Team

Tamarisk Grummitt

Trustee

Debbie Haynes

Staff- Campaign Officer

Pooja Binepal

Advisor

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