Our Team

The Elephants Action League’s team is very diverse and draws on the experience of several different skill sets, including wildlife conservation, intelligence, high-end security, media and communications, and entrepreneurship. 

As a team we have the skills and the experience needed to identify, support, and monitor concrete field projects focused specifically on wildlife crime, as well as to develop global communication campaigns to challenge important issues such as the ivory trade. 
Some of us have over 20 years of experience in conservation projects around the world and are directly involved in wildlife law enforcement and investigative activities. We think that ambitious goals, such as EALs, require a unique blend of high-level professional experience, diversified knowledge, real networking power, and the capacity to engage all the stakeholders.

 

Andrea_Crosta copyAndrea Crosta, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Andrea has 25 years of experience in conservation projects around the world and, in a parallel professional career, he has been working for over 15 years as an international consultant to companies and governmental agencies on high-end security technologies & services, homeland security, anti-piracy, investigations and risk management. He now applies this unique knowledge to conservation and wildlife protection.
He is among the founding and supervisory board members of the Wildlife Justice Commissionin the Hague, The Netherlands, and the creator and project manager of WildLeaks.
As an entrepreneur in 1998 he founded ‘Think Italy’, among the very first e-commerce start-ups in Italy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Business & Innovation and a BSc in Psychology.

 

Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Francesco_Rocca, Co-founder and DirectorFrancesco Rocca, Co-Founder
Francesco is the founder of the ‘Torbiera’ Zoological Society, a member of the IUCN and among the finest private zoological foundations in Italy. Over the years Francesco made a name for himself as an expert on wildlife conservation and 25 years ago he was among the first to initiate and support the conservation program on the Amur leopard in the Russian Far East.
He is the co-founder of the NGO ‘Trust The Forest’ that contributed to establishing one of the first truly protected areas in Gabon, in the now Ivindo National Park. He also established an important private protected area in Northern Argentina, a biodiversity ‘hotspot’ of nearly 5000 ha adjacent to the Calilegua National Park.
Francesco has supported several research efforts all over the world which produced conservation studies on subjects such as the Andean Mountain Cat in Argentina, the Indochinese leopard in Southern Thailand, the leopard in Armenia and the large mammals in the Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal.
 From 1994 to 2000 he was member of the Italian CITES Scientific Committee.

 

Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Gilda_Moratti, Co-founder and DirectorGilda Moratti, Co-Founder
Gilda is the eldest daughter of former Italian Minister Letizia Arnaboldi Brichetto and the magnate Gianmarco Moratti. She has worked at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and is the founder and great supporter of the “Squadra4zampe” association, which fights for the rights of animals.
She collaborates with the photographer-philosopher Gregory Colbert, also closely follows his many trips. She believes that in his works we find the strong message of harmony and empathy between man and nature and this summarizes Gilda’s belief and dedication for the protection of wildlife.

 

ADVISOR FOR WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING
Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Pauline_Verheij, AdvisorPauline Verheij
Pauline is an environmental lawyer specializing in the enforcement of international wildlife law. Since 2001 she has worked to combat environmental and wildlife crime with the Dutch police and Dutch public prosecutors office, respectively. She works as Senior Legal Investigator at the Wildlife Justice Commission.
From 2009 until 2012 she was based in Malaysia as TRAFFIC and WWF’s tiger trade programme manager where she coordinated TRAFFIC/WWF’s efforts to tackle tiger trade in Asia through anti-poaching and anti-trafficking work, policy and advocacy as well as interventions to reduce consumer demand in Asia. She is lead-author of Reduced to Skin and Bones, an analysis of tiger seizures from eleven tiger range countries (2000-2010), TRAFFIC International 2010. Currently she has her own consulting business, EcoJust, which advises NGOs, governments and businesses on issues related to the implementation and enforcement of (international) biodiversity law (www.ecojust.eu).

 

ADVISOR FOR SECURITY AND TECHNICAL SURVEILLANCE
My PictureEmmanuel Ladsous
Emmanuel is a recognized  technical surveillance expert with 24 years of experience with the FBI. Emmanuel conducted and managed numerous FBI covert technical surveillance operations in the United States and abroad including the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Emmanuel is the founder of the Delta 7 Group, a domestic and international consultancy that advises individuals, Fortune 500 companies, and foreign government institutions on Technical Security and Technical Surveillance matters.

 

ADVISOR FOR UNDERCOVER OPERATION AND TRAINING
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Marco is an internationally and nationally recognized expert in undercover operations and training. During his 30 years with the FBI, he conducted and led a multitude of successful undercover operations in the United States and abroad. The FBI reports Marco as the most effective  Undercover Operator in the history of the agency. His undercover work resulted in the largest number of successful convictions in the FBI Undercover Program. The scope of his work included Counter Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Public Corruption, Weapons Trafficking, Human/Sex Trafficking, Child Exploitation, Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Drug Trafficking.
Marco advises and trains domestic and foreign Intelligence agencies on undercover techniques and methodologies.

 

 ADVISOR FOR CYBERSECURITY
EAL advisors confidentialWe work with top European and American experts on cybersecurity, electronic surveillance, homeland cybersecurity, development in security architecture, and encryption.

 

 

 

 

ADVISOR FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS – AFRICA
Aaron Hall (1) smallAaron Hall
Aaron is an African-based consultant with fourteen years of experience in the fields of governance, security, natural resource conservation, illicit commodity flows, conflict-management, and human rights. Since 2002 he has worked in one or more of these fields for the Enough Project, The Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, The U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Department of State, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2002-05.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Cultural Geography from the University of Montana and an M.A. in International Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in Tanzania with his wife and two daughters.

 

ADVISOR FOR GOVERNMENT AND NGOs RELATIONS
Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Rosalind_Reeve, AdvisorDr Rozalind Reeve
Rosalind is an environmental lawyer who has been working on biodiversity and wildlife trade issues, both at an international policy level and on the ground, for 26 years. She is an adviser to Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation on CITES and has conducted investigations into ivory and rhino horn trade in East and Southern Africa.
She is author of Policing International Trade in Endangered Species: the CITES Treaty and Compliance and is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House.
Rosalind is also a senior consultant to the Ateneo School of Government in the Philippines on REDD+, the international mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and has served on the Policy Board for the UN-REDD Program.

 

ADVISORS FOR COMMUNICATION & MEDIA RELATIONS
Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Giuli_Cordara, Advisor Giuli Cordara
Giuli directed the Bellerive Animal & Nature Conservation Fund until 1999, an international NGO funded by HR Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The scope of Bellerive was to generate awareness and preserve endangered species and their habitat throughout the world.
She has also collaborated with many international agencies such as The Humane Society of the US, the Earth & Island Institute of San Francisco, WWF, Greenpeace, EU, UNESCO and many government agencies throughout Africa and Asia. Giuli was able to lobby and obtain support for the passing of international laws for the protection and preservation of marine life and in particular of dolphins and whales. Such international laws and guidelines include the ‘dolphin safe’ tag on canned tuna products.
 During the 1990s Giuli also produced nature programs for the German network TV ZDF, National Geographic and CBS.
 She currently works exclusively for the Canadian artist Gregory Colbert on the promotion and launch of “Ashes & Snow”, the photographic exhibit that in 2005 gathered over 500,000 visitors in New York.

 

Elephant Advocacy League (EAL) - Massimo_Redaelli, AdvisorMassimo Redaelli
Massimo is the founder of PrimA Management & Entertainment, a branded entertainment company that advises its clients on how to best connect with consumers through fashion, entertainment, art & design. He has over 25 years of experience in the fashion & lifestyle industries. Massimo has a personal passion for the Environment and Sustainability.
He has supported David de Rothschild’s Plastiki Expedition and regularly takes part in environmental related initiatives such as Christie’s Green Auction and the Copenhagen Summit. More recently he has joined Livia and Colin Firth in their project to promote sustainable fashion: The Green Carpet Challenge.

 

DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING
headshotAmy Hutchinson
Amy is a Washington, DC-based consultant and independent contractor specializing in nonprofit development and communications. As a 10+ year veteran in fundraising, marketing and communications for international human rights groups, she helps nonprofit organizations engage potential supporters, educate wide-ranging audiences about complex social issues and demonstrate the impact and potential of their work to allies in every sector. This includes leading and supporting the production of various multimedia projects (audio and video) for reputable media and academic institutions.
Prior to contracting, Amy served as the Head of Development for Just Associates—a global women’s rights organization—and the Center for American Progress’ Enough Project, aimed at ending genocide in central Africa. She holds a Masters Degree in Sociology from American University and Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri. 

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