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Dr. Frédéric Launay has served as Panthera's President and CEO since November 2017. Immediately prior, he served as Director General of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
Dr. Launay started his career as a wildlife biologist in Saudi Arabia, where he established protected areas and conducted reintroduction programs on several species. He moved to the National Avian Research Centre (NARC) in Abu Dhabi to lead the organization in its work on the study and conservation of the houbara bustard.
In 1996, he became assistant Secretary General for Science Programs at the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (Now Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi), the government agency in charge of all environmental matters in Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, he became the Director of the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with the World Wildlife Fund in 2000.
In 2005, he became CEO of Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, a $400 million redevelopment project, and in 2009, Director General of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ), a philanthropy dedicated to support species conservation worldwide. The MBZ Fund has now supported over 1,200 projects in over 120 countries. He rejoined the Environment Agency in 2011 as the Senior Advisor of the Secretary General.
Dr. Launay has also been a Steering Committee Member for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) since 2007, representing the SSC on the IUCN World Heritage Site Committee. He has been the Chairman of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group for over 12 years, and has extensive field conservation work experience in Central Asia and the Middle East. He is also a board member of the Sahara Conservation Fund and a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
“In the relentless war on our planet’s wildlife, the big cats are a critical battleground. Ecologically, culturally, economically, and politically, there is no other fight where we have as much to gain—or to lose.”
Dr. Fred Launay, Panthera President and CEO
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Message from Fred Launay, President and CEO of Panthera
Source: World Wildlife Day.org
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to Save Species
"As we unite to celebrate the 49th Earth Day today, let us also unite to shift the conservation paradigm from intervention to prevention. If we can make the necessary investments to save species of "Least Concern" today, we’ll forego hiring armed guards to save the last of their kind in the future,"- Fred Launay, Panthera President and CEO
Blog: Conservation Requires a Heart
"You conserve species because you love them, because you feel for them, because it hurts you when they are disappearing or are hunted and poached. But in the conservation world, we too often tell our species biologists to try to remove the emotion from what dictates our priorities and actions. We are, and will remain, a science-based organization, but not without heart," - Fred Launay, Panthera President and CEO.