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Azzedine Downes

Azzedine is the President and CEO of The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a multi-national advocate for conservation and animal welfare. He has made significant contributions to the development of management systems within the organization, paving the way for improved functioning throughout IFAW’s increasing global range.

Under Azzedine’s leadership, IFAW opened its first office in the Middle East and expanded its work on global animal conservation and welfare issues. He was responsible for designing and launching a wildlife trafficking prevention program, which provides ongoing training and support for law enforcement and customs officials faced with growing illegal trade issues. To date, 2,500 people have been trained in 76 countries.

Azzedine spearheaded the expansion of IFAW’s Tiger Team work into Bhutan and South Asia, expanding and strengthening protection for tigers in their range states. Azzedine has also served as Head of the Delegation to the CITES Conference of the Parties, leading campaigns to reduce and restrict negative impacts of wildlife trade. His program teams also provide direct assistance to wildlife and domestic animals through the Animal Rescue and Companion Animals Programs.

Fluent in English, French and Arabic, Azzedine is an accomplished public speaker and regularly presents IFAW’s work to the media in those three languages.

Azzedine is committed to finding solutions to the problems facing wildlife and companion animals in today’s complex world by combining good science, sound animal welfare concepts and culturally appropriate solutions.

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