VCA Advisory Board

HansHans Alders

Chair - Former Commissioner of the Queen and Minister for Housing, Physical Planning and Environment, The Netherlands.

In 2008, Hans Alders was appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture as Head of the Taskforce Biodiversity and Natural Resources, a project aimed at nurturing conservation and promoting sustainable use of biodiversity. In addition to extensive governmental work, Mr Alders has strong ties to the international environmental platform, having previously directed UNEP’s European office in Geneva. A passionate environmentalist, he currently maintains a position as Chairman at EnergieNed, the Dutch association of energy producers, and is Director of Hans Alders Procesregie and Advies BV, the management consulting company he founded in 2009.

JoshJoshua Bishop

Head of Sustainable Food WWF, Australia

Joshua Bishop is an economics expert in natural resources and environmental affairs with over 20 years of professional experience. He is presently in charge of the division at WWF Australia that deals with corporate partnerships aimed at encouraging corporate and resource management leaders to pursue a more sustainable approach towards the production of commodities. Prior to his current posting, Joshua held the position of Chief Economist at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, as well as serving as Director of the Environmental Economics Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development. He has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from University College London.

RiliRili Djohani

Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center, Bali Indonesia

Rili Djohani is the executive director of the Coral Triangle Center that is focused on strengthening local capacity for marine conservation through an integrated portfolio of MPA learning sites, customized training and learning networks, and facilitation of public private partnerships in the Coral Triangle region. She worked for The Nature Conservancy from 1995-2011. While serving as TNC’s Country Director for Indonesia, she was responsible for an innovative public- private financial management initiative for Komodo National Park. Rili holds a MSc in tropical marine ecology from the University of Leiden and a MSC in tropical coastal zone management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

AliAli Kaka

Vice-President and Councillor for Africa, IUCN, Kenya

Ali Kaka is an expert veteran of the wildlife and conservation sector and a former IUCN Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. After studying Biology/Zoology and Captive Wildlife Management at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ali entered the world of conservation in 1977 as a research assistant at the Kenya Wildlife Services and was subsequently appointed as supervisor of all its Regions. Before joining IUCN, he also served as the Executive Director of the East African Wildlife Society. His areas of expertise include management of conservation areas, marine protected areas, sustainable tourism, and organisational leadership.

RandyRandall Kramer

Professor of Environmental Economics and Global Health, Duke University, USA

Randall Kramer holds dual positions at Duke University as Professor of Environmental Economics and Global Health and Deputy Director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Randall engages in and specialises in teaching the following fields: environmental economics, global environmental health, environmental policy analysis, and development economics. Over the years, he has accumulated professional experience on a cross-continental scale, including his roles as Visiting Scholar at the IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland, Visiting Economist at the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, and several university assistantships across the USA. He earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Juan CarlosCarlos Manuel Rodriguez

Vice President for Conservation Policy, Conservation International, and former Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez is Vice President of the Global Policy Center for Conservation and Government at Conservation International, and formerly, Minister of the Environment and Energy of the Republic of Costa Rica. An environmental lawyer, politician, and devoted conservationist, Mr. Rodriguez established and participated in a number of pioneering projects in the environmental sector, such as tropical research institutes, NGOs, and played a central role in helping to achieve full protection status for 25% of Costa Rica’s marine environments. He is a graduate in Law of the University of Costa Rica and also holds a M.S. in Environmental Law from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.