Our Team

Steve Galster – Founder, International Supervisor

steveSteve has helped develop five organizations, including Global Survival Network (USA), Phoenix (Russia), WildAid, ASEAN-WEN, and Freeland. Steve has served as a Chief of several USAID-sponsored programs between 2005-2012 and now works closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, NGOs, Police, Customs, and environmental agencies of 14 Asian countries to develop multi-agency task forces and public awareness initiatives that address transnational organized crime.  His background covers investigative research, media campaigning, and program development relating to counter-human and wildlife trafficking programs in the former Soviet Union, USA, China, Afghanistan, Africa and Southeast Asia.

 

Kraisak Choonhavan – Freeland Chairman

Kraisak ChoonhavanKraisak Choonhavan has been working actively to protect the environment and natural resources of Thailand for many years. He has been a committee member and advisor for the Government and NGOs in this field. Recent appointments include: 2000-2006: Advisor of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, 2004: Chairman of the Advisory Board for the CITES 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP13) by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 1996: Advisory Board Committee of Bangkok Metropolitan Governor, Dr. Bhichit Rattakul, on Environment, Art and Culture. Chairman Kraisak is often invited by institutions and organizations to give lectures on human rights and environmental management.

Kasit Piromya – Freeland Board of Director

1200px-Kasit_Piromya_NY_2009-9-28Educated in Europe and Washington, DC, Kasit Pirom boasts a long and distinguished career in Thailand’s diplomatic corps, serving as the Thai ambassador to the United States, Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union. Between 2008 and 2011, he was the Foreign Minister of Thailand. Keenly interested in the issues of wildlife and human trafficking, Kasit brings these decades of experience on the world stage to his role as Freeland’s Honorary Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors.

 

Josie Raine – Director of Freeland (Thailand)

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Josie is a British national with over 16 years’ experience working in behavior change and communications strategy, and counter wildlife and human trafficking. She is currently based in Bangkok and is the Regional Director of Freeland Asia, Freeland’s head office. Josie previously worked with the UK government’s public information department on counter drink-driving campaigns, drugs awareness and road safety campaigns. Josie spent 7 years in the USA, working for a New York based communication agency on their Procter and Gamble account where she led communications planning for Procter and Gamble’s Oral Health Care brands across North America. Josie has advised on communication strategy for the World Health Organization (Kabul, Afghanistan), Medicin Du Monde (USA), UNICEF (USA) as well as for countless household brands and services. Josie holds an MSc from Columbia University, New York and is a guest lecturer at City University New York on communications strategy and branding.

Onkuri Majumdar – Deputy Director – Programs

Onkuri_Feb-2016Onkuri is the Deputy Director of Programs at Freeland and has worked on wildlife law enforcement support for over a decade in India and southeast Asia, training hundreds of police, Customs and forest officers on covert investigation techniques. She has also provided analytic support in successful police operations against wildlife and human traffickers. As part of specialized teams focused on dismantling international wildlife crime  syndicates, she was deputized by Thai police to go undercover, helping to arrest traffickers in tigers and exotic species. In recognition of her work on wildlife conservation, Onkuri was selected as an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader in 2013, and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2015. She has also done a TEDx talk in Cyprus on the illegal wildlife trade. Her work has been featured in the National Geographic series “Crimes Against Nature”.

 


Administrative & Finance Team

Chanchira Khachitpornkun, Finance Director
Chanadda Thanikulapat, Chief Operating Officer

Team Members

Sathakorn Yottha, Accounting Manager
Saruta Vongroong, Cashier
Kritsana Boonngamanong, Assit. Accounting Manager
Sunun (Kae) Kaewmakean, Procurement Officer
Mala Koopthavonrerk, Procurement Manager


Behavior Change and Communications Team

Luke Palmer – Program Manager for Behavior Change and Communications

 Luke is a New Zealand national who has worked in communications/communications strategy roles for a range of media, government and non-governmental organizations in Southeast Asia including, Editions Didier-Millet, the Bangkok Post, the Mekong Institute and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Asia Regional Program). Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and masters’ degrees from the Australian National University (Australia, Asia Pacific Studies) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand, Development Studies), and was the recipient of the 2015 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia. Luke also works as a Thai-English translator on a range of projects.

Team Member

Nichanan Tanthanawit, Program Officer for Behavior Change and Communications

 


Surviving Together

Tim Redford, Surviving Together Program Director/Training Coordinator
Aphirak  Wipawin, Alternative Livelihood Team Leader
Sayan Raksachart, Community Outreach Team Leader
Waraporn  Raksachart, Field Administrative Officer
Atcharee  Sangrawee,  Field Biologist


Governance Team

Brian Gonzales – Partnership Specialist and Objective 3 Lead of the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity

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Mr. Brian Gonzales has over 17 years project and development technical assistance management, conservation and enforcement policy, program monitoring and evaluation, political and capacity building/networking experience in Asia and Europe, including the past 10 years, supporting strategies and platforms for a comprehensive ASEAN response to combat wildlife crime. Based in Bangkok, he is currently seconded as Partnership Specialist and Objective 3 Lead of the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity, Freeland, USAID Contractor. Previously he was Director of Governance, overseeing Legal, Legislation Support, M&E and ASEAN relations of the USAID Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking implemented by Freeland. Prior to Freeland, he was engaged by TRAFFIC, a joint program of WWF and IUCN, as Regional Project Officer of the ‘US Support Program to ASEAN-WEN’. Before his stint in Bangkok, he worked for the Manila-based Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, the regional liberal and democratic political party platform in Asia. Before CALD, he worked for WWF as Southeast Asia Policy Officer; Consultant at the Asian Development Bank (ADB); and earlier in his career, with Ayala Corporation. He holds a Master in Management of Development from the University of Turin, Italy and, a Bachelor of Arts from De La Salle University – College of Saint Benilde, Manila. In December 2013, the Asia Society – Bank of America Merrill Lynch awarded Brian the prestigious Asia 21 Young Leaders Award, and in 2015 he was selected for 1st Berlin Global Forum of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. He is an appointed Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL).

Bussara Tirakalyanapan- Senior Research and Development Officer

Bussara (Pim) TirakalyanapanMs. Bussara Tirakalyanapan, has been working for Freeland since its establishment in 2002. Currently seconded as Research Officer, working under USAID Wildlife Asia, Freeland, USAID Contractor. She was previously with USAID-funded ARREST Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) supporting government relations with Thailand, parliamentary and legislation outreach and ASEAN-WEN Program Coordination Unit (PCU) support. In 2010, she was awarded “Honorary Special Agent of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service” for her contributions to a transnational investigation on illegal ivory trade between Asia and the U.S. From 2013-2014 she served as Senate Advisor to the Sub-Committee on Forestry and Wildlife (under Senate Standing Committee on Environment), which was tasked to improve forestry and wildlife policies in Thailand. In 2014, the U.S. State Department awarded her a fellowship on Biodiversity Conservation for the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). Pim received her Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Mahidol University, Thailand. She is a Member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC).

Sallie C.W. Yang –  Legal Specialist for the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity

Ms. Sallie C.W. Yang is seconded as the Legal Specialist for the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity, Freeland, USAID Contractor and holds director-level rank under Freeland. She coordinated the “ASEAN Legal Support Task Force to Fight Transnational Organized Wildlife Crime” (Legal Task Force) under the Freeland-led ARREST on Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), a partnership between Freeland, ASEAN-WEN, UNODC, USAID, USFWS, and APCEL-NUS. The Legal Task Force includes ASEAN-wide capacity building and research initiatives that promote strategic legal remedies in prosecuting transnational wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia. Under Legal Task Force, she managed the development and publication of the ASEAN Handbook on Legal Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime. She coordinated ASEAN and ARREST regional legal networking meetings and workshops to compile this publication and to discuss issues in it around strengthening and harmonizing laws to combat wildlife crime. She is a lawyer, qualified both in the UK as a barrister-at-law and Singapore as an advocate and solicitor. Prior to joining Freeland, she has more than 18 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer and as lead legal counsel for MNCs in infrastructure, environmental, and renewable energy sectors. She has lived and worked in Singapore, UK, Spain, Italy, Argentina  and Denmark and is currently based in Bangkok. She holds a law degree (LLB, Hons) from the University of London, UK and a Masters (MSc) in Environment Management from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is an appointed member of the IUCN World Commission on

Team Members

Dariya Suebkraisorn, Program and Administrative Assistant

Dariya Suebkraisorn, is the Program and Administrative Assistant seconded to USAID Wildlife Asia Activity, Freeland, USAID Contractor . She supports the Legal Specialist in translation and interpretation work, the technical and programmatic management of the legal and legislation reforms work of project Objective 3. Previously, she was administrative assistant at the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific implemented by AECOM. From 2013-2015 she was engaged by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations as travel and office assistant. From 2012-2013, she worked for Siam Premier International Law Office as secretary, and from 2008 to 2013, she held various positions with the Asian Network for Free Elections, Facade Consulting International, and Mahidol University’s ICT International Program. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing (English and Creative Writing) from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and French from Khon Kaen University.


Freeland Across the World

Brazil
Alex Petroff, Advisor
David Castañeda, Project Implementation
Dimas Marques, Director of Communications
Leandro Bondar, Director of Education
Janaína Monteiro, General Coordinator
João Morgante, Advisor
Juliana M Ferreira, Executive Director
Nádia Moraes-Barros, Director of Scientific Research
Railiane Abreu, Project Implementation

India
Onkuri Majumdar, Managing Director
Vijay Kumar Dhawan, Training Consultant

Kenya
Jack Marubu, Technical officer
Sean O’Regan, Chief Technical Officer
Eric Njuguna, Finance Officer

South Africa
Joy Meglasson, Partnership Development Officer

USA
Gretchen Peters, Crime Convergence Analysis
Evelyn Galster, Administrative Assistant

Vietnam
Ha Thi Minh Thang, Project Officer