Staff, Partner Organizations & Board

The Snow Leopard Trust’s staff is based both in the United States and internationally. In addition, we work closely with partner organizations in China, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Pakistan. These dedicated scientists and conservation experts work closely with local communities in snow leopard regions to develop conservation programs that protect snow leopards and their habitat while improving the lives of local people near those habitats.

Science Team
  • Science and Conservation Director: Charudutt Mishra (India)
  • Assistant Director of Science: Gustaf Samelius (Sweden)
  • Senior Scientist: Yash Veer Bhatnagar (India / Kyrgyzstan)
  • Senior Regional Ecologist: Koustubh Sharma (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Regional Ecologist: Justine Shanti Alexander (China / Mongolia)
  • Field Biologist: Örjan Johansson (Sweden)
  • Advisor: Suri Venkatachalam (India)
  • Executive Assistant: Rakhee Karumbaya (India)
Operations Team
  • Executive Director: Michael Despines (USA)
  • Assistant Director of Conservation: Jennifer Snell Rullman (USA)
  • Development Director: Siri Okamoto (USA)
  • Technology Director: Jeff Brown (USA / Bhutan)
  • Director of Zoo Programs: Marissa Niranjan (USA)
  • Director of Sales and Marketing: Terry Blumer (USA)
  • Communications Manager: Matthias Fiechter (India)
  • Government Grants Manager: Chris Czarnecki (USA)
  • Donor Relations Manager: Maggie Marovich (USA)
  • Office Manager: Laura Farnitano (USA)
  • Development Associate: Deborah Turnbull (USA)
  • Development Associate: Liz Daniel (USA)
  • Inventory & Sales Coordinator: John Klees (USA)
  • Accountant: Peter Covey (USA)
Snow Leopard Trust Board of Directors
  • President: Rhetick Sengupta
  • Vice-President: Gayle Podrabsky
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Podrabsky
  • Barbara Blywise
  • Lisa Dabek, PhD
  • Georgina Domberger
  • Todd George
  • Jed Gorden, MD
  • James Platts
  • Brad Rutherford
  • Stephen Sparrow
Country Partner Organizations & Staff

We collaborate closely with Country Partner Organizations in five key snow leopard range countries. They are independent, locally registered organizations led and staffed by leading snow leopard conservationists and scientists.

China | Partner Organization – Shan Shui Conservation Center

India | Partner Organization – Nature Conservation Foundation

Kyrgyzstan | Partner Organization – Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan

Mongolia | Partner Organization: Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation

Pakistan | Partner Organization – Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan