People

Panthera is led by an expert team who work on the frontlines of conservation throughout the world.

Explore our people: Leadership, Species Directors, New York office, UK office, On the Ground


Leadership

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Born in New York City, Dr. Kaplan was raised in Florida where he formed a strong passion for wildlife conservation. The iconic Florida panther inspired his dream to one day become a wildlife...

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been called ‘The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation’ by TIME Magazine. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from the University...

President

Luke Hunter is the President of Panthera and formerly headed the Wildlife Conservation Society's Great Cats Program. Hunter’s doctoral and post-doctoral research developed methods to reintroduce...

Chief Development Officer

Rebecca serves as Panthera’s Chief Development Officer and is the architect of Panthera’s global fundraising strategy.

Rebecca is a 20-year veteran in leadership giving and capital...

Vice President

Known as one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation, Dr. George Schaller now serves as the Vice President of Panthera. Born in Germany in 1933, Dr. Schaller received his undergraduate...

Vice President

Andrea Heydlauff serves as Panthera's Vice President, where she oversees the operations of the organization, with a strong focus on communications and media programs, outreach and education,...

Chief Financial Officer

Gary serves as Panthera‘s Chief Financial Officer. After completing eight years of military service during the 1960’s, he obtained his BBA in accounting from City University of New York-Baruch...

Species Directors

Executive Director, Jaguar Program, and Director, Teton Cougar Project

Dr. Howard Quigley, Panthera’s Jaguar Program Director and Teton Cougar Project...

Executive Director, Snow Leopard Program

Dr. Tom McCarthy, Panthera’s Director of Snow Leopard Programs, began his conservation career studying brown bears, black bears, mountain goats and caribou in Alaska in the early 1980s. A strong...

Senior Director, Lion Program

Serving as Panthera’s Senior Lion Program Director, Dr. Paul Funston is an internationally recognized large carnivore biologist, with a strong interest in ecosystem functions and developing...

Director, Leopard Program

Dr. Guy Balme is the Director of Panthera’s Leopard Program in Africa and is a leading field scientist for Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard...

Senior Director, Tiger Program

John Goodrich serves as the Senior Tiger Program Director for Panthera. In this role, Dr. Goodrich leads the direction of range-wide tiger conservation programs across Asia through Panthera’s...

Director, Tiger Program

Currently based in Sumatra, Indonesia, Dr. Joe Smith serves as Panthera’s Tiger Program Director. Joe is working on Panthera’s...

New York Office

Chief Executive Officer
President
Chief Development Officer
Vice President
Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Development Officer
Deputy Director of Development
Director, Landscape Analysis Lab
Communications Manager
Development and Events Associate
Leadership Gifts Specialist
Geospatial Analyst
Chief Technologist
Development Information Manager
Program Officer
Accountant

UK Office

Manager, Panthera UK

On the Ground

Field Staff - Jaguars and Cougars

Executive Director, Jaguar Program, and Director, Teton Cougar Project

Dr. Howard Quigley, Panthera’s Jaguar Program Director and Teton Cougar Project...

Field Scientist, Costa Rica Jaguar Program
Panthera Research Fellow, University of Belize, Belize
Country Director, Belize Jaguar Program
Regional Director, Northern South America Jaguar Program
Country Director, Honduras Jaguar Program
Executive Assistant, Jaguar Program
Advisor, Conservation Ranch Program
Country Director, Costa Rica Jaguar Program and Regional Coordinator, Mesoamerica Program
Coordinator, Nicaragua Jaguar Program
Field Scientist, Costa Rica Jaguar Program
Research Fellow, Pantanal
Field Scientist, Costa Rica Jaguar Program
Project Leader, Teton Cougar Project
Post-Doctoral Fellow of Panthera’s Jaguar Program
Field Scientist, Honduras Jaguar Program
Field Scientist, Honduras Jaguar Program
Field Scientist, Belize Jaguar Program
Field Scientist, Belize Jaguar Program
Project Biologist, Northern South America Jaguar Program
Biologist, Teton Cougar Project

Field Staff - Lions

Senior Director, Lion Program

Serving as Panthera’s Senior Lion Program Director, Dr. Paul Funston is an internationally recognized large carnivore biologist, with a strong interest in ecosystem functions and developing...

Director, Leopard Program

Dr. Guy Balme is the Director of Panthera’s Leopard Program in Africa and is a leading field scientist for Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard...

Leopard Program Coordinator, Munyawana Leopard Project, South Africa
Field Scientist, Munyawana Leopard Project, South Africa
Survey Coordinator, Lion Program
Policy Initiative Coordinator, Lion Program

Field Staff - Tigers

Senior Director, Tiger Program

John Goodrich serves as the Senior Tiger Program Director for Panthera. In this role, Dr. Goodrich leads the direction of range-wide tiger conservation programs across Asia through Panthera’s...

Director, Tiger Program

Currently based in Sumatra, Indonesia, Dr. Joe Smith serves as Panthera’s Tiger Program Director. Joe is working on Panthera’s...

Tiger Program Coordinator
Law Enforcement Specialist
Tiger Program Manager
Monitoring Specialist

Field Staff - Snow Leopards

Executive Director, Snow Leopard Program

Dr. Tom McCarthy, Panthera’s Director of Snow Leopard Programs, began his conservation career studying brown bears, black bears, mountain goats and caribou in Alaska in the early 1980s. A strong...

Snow Leopard Program Manager
Regional Coordinator, Snow Leopard Program
Director, Tajikistan Snow Leopard Program