IPPL Board of Directors

Sian Evans, Chairwoman
Dr. Sian Evans was born in the United Kingdom. She also received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales in 1981. Dr. Evans interest in primatology started when she met Porky, the alpha male in a group of pigtail monkeys, at the London Zoo and studied the social dynamics of his group. During her career, Dr. Evans has been the managing director of the DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests in Miami, travels to Colombia to lecture Colombian students in enforcing international laws in trade of primates, was the founding vice president for education for the International Primatological Society, and was awarded the Presidential Medal from the American Society of Primatologists. Dr. Evans now lives on a horse ranch in Miami with her retired veterinarian husband, Dr. Robert Cooper, and she herself teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Honors College at Florida International University. They have a daughter: Seren, who was a “Teach for America” chemistry teacher at North Miami Beach Senior High and now is now teaching at Southridge High School.  Their son Evan, a former US Marine, was a student at Lynn University when he unexpectedly died several years ago. Sian misses him every single day.

Shirley McGreal OBE, President Emeritus, Founder
Shirley was born and raised in England and received her doctorate in India. She lived in Thailand, France, and various parts of United States (Illinois and Ohio) before settling in South Carolina at the gibbon sanctuary she established in 1977. Originally planning on a career as a college teacher, Shirley was unexpectedly drawn into a more adventurous life. The rest is history.

Rebecca Watkins, Treasurer
Rebecca is one of our longest-serving board members and joined IPPL in 2001. She has since visited sanctuaries and animal protection groups in the U.S. and a number of sanctuaries and IPPL grant recipient organizations overseas. She has represented IPPL at many conferences, and she was fortunate to have helped raise sanctuary resident, Courtney Gibbon. A chemist by profession, Rebecca lives with her husband and two cats in Lake Wylie, SC.

Georgia Hancock, Secretary
Georgia joined the IPPL board in 2016. An attorney with a background in environmental, administrative, and animal welfare law, she worked in Washington DC for several years. Georgia now lives near Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She contributes her legal skills to IPPL’s efforts to obtain the release of wildlife data from the federal government.

Brian Giovannini
Brian became involved with IPPL in 2008 after a lifelong interest in primates, joined the board in 2012, and served a year as board chairman (2016-2017). Brian is an employee benefits attorney with the international law firm Haynes and Boone LLP. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and daughter and their three cats and a rescue dog.

Ian Redmond OBE
Renowned for his 40-year career studying and striving to protect gorillas and elephants, Ian describes himself as a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. HIs work has ranged from undercover investigation of wildlife traffickers to helping local conservationists during Africa’s civil wars to consulting on more than 100 documentaries for BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and others. He studied gorillas with Dian Fossey, later assisting Sigourney Weaver when she portrayed Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist.” Ian works from his office in Stroud, England, consulting to the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership (which he co-founded) and Born Free Foundation, which supports his work as chair of Ape Alliance, chair of the Species Survival Network Primate Working Group, and ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species. He consults to field projects such as Limbe (Cameroon) Wildlife Center, an IPPL partner, and he chairs The Gorilla Organization. His ninth book is The Primate Family Tree: The Amazing Diversity of Our Closest Relatives. Ian is currently using virtual reality and other technologies to make conservation education more widely available.

All board members are independent voting members.

IPPL Field Representatives

Wherever primates can be found, our Field Representatives work to create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries, promote bans on primate hunting and trapping, and help combat local and international primate trade. IPPL currently has 25 Field Representatives in 19 countries.

  • S. Theodore Baskaran (South India)
  • Vijay Bhatia (North India)
  • Katriona Bradley, DVM (Hong Kong)
  • Bernadette Bresard, MD, DVM (France)
  • Dr. Roland Corluy (Belgium)
  • Olga Feliu, DVM (Spain)
  • Dr. Ranjen Fernando (Sri Lanka)
  • Evelyn Gallardo (Costa Rica)
  • Dr. Gustavo Gandini (Italy)
  • Martha Gutierrez (Argentina)
  • Bettina Hickman (Zambia)
  • Milka Knezevic-Ivaskovic (Serbia)
  • Dr. S.M. Mohnot (Central and West India)
  • Elba Muñoz Lopez (Chile)
  • Louis Ng (Singapore)
  • David Root (Costa Rica)
  • Valerie Sackey (Ghana)
  • Josef Schmuck (Austria)
  • Jean Senogles (South Africa)
  • Lynette Shanley (Australia)
  • Dr. Akira Suzuki (Japan)
  • Andrzej Szwagrzak (Bolivia)
  • David van Gennep (Netherlands)
  • Hilko Wiersema (Netherlands)

IPPL Advisory Board

Our advisors include experts from the fields of zoology, anthropology, medicine, biology, veterinary medicine, and psychology. IPPL’s Advisory Board currently consists of 13 members.

  • Dr. James Alcock
  • Dr. Frances Burton
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Rosalind Hanson-Alp
  • J. Mangalraj Johnson
  • Ann Koros
  • Dr. Iqbal Malik
  • Heather McGiffin
  • Dr. William McGrew
  • Dr. Vernon Reynolds
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