Staff & Board

The Snow Leopard Trust has partner organizations and staff members in China, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Pakistan as well as in the United States (in Seattle, where our operations office is located) and Europe. 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)
  • 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)
  • Office Manager: Laura Farnitano (USA)
  • Development Associate: Deborah Turnbull (USA)
  • Development and Events Coordinator: Maggie Marovich (USA)
  • Development & Fulfillment Assistant: Liz Daniel (USA)
  • Inventory & Sales Coordinator: John Klees (USA)
Country Teams

China | Partner Organization – Shan Shui Conservation Center

  • Scientist & Project Manager Snow Leopard Project: Chen Cheng
  • Director of Conservation and Science: Cheng Wen
  • Project Manager, Community Projects: Xiang Zhao
  • Coordinator, Snow Leopard Project: Meisuo Nancuo
  • PhD student Peking University, consultant Snow Leopard Project: Lingyun Xiao
  • PhD student Peking University, consultant Snow Leopard Project: Ziyun Zhu
  • PhD student Peking University, consultant Snow Leopard Project: Mingyu Liu

India | Partner Organization – Nature Conservation Foundation

  • Country Program Director: Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi
  • Director of Conservation and Education: Pranav Trivedi
  • Research Scholar, NCF: Saloni Bhatia
  • Research Scholar, NCF: Abhishek Ghoshal
  • Research Scholar, NCF: Ranjini Murali
  • Research Scholar, NCF: Radhika Timbadia
  • Project Associate: Ajay Bijoor
  • Project Associate: Stanzin Namgial
  • Project Associate: Dipti Humraskar
  • Project Associate: Vinay Nadig
  • Intern: Akashatha Venkatesha
  • Field Coordinator (Spiti): Tanzin Thinley
  • Field Coordinator (Spiti): Kalzang Gurmet
  • Field Staff (Spiti): Tandup Cherring
  • Field Staff (Spiti): Kesang Chunit
  • Field Coordinator (Ladakh): Karma Sonam
  • Field Assistant (Ladakh): Rigzen Dorjay

Kyrgyzstan | Partner Organization – Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan

  • Program Leader: Kubanych Zhumabai uulu
  • Program Coordinator Snow Leopard Enterprises: Cholpon Abasova
  • Operations Assistant: Venera Amankul kizi
  • Education and Community Engagement Coordinator: Altyn Kazakbaeva
  • Driver: Murzabek Imanaliev
  • Local Coordinator Snow Leopard Enterprises: Cholpon Turganbaeva
  • Local Coordinator Snow Leopard Enterprises: Raya Isaeva
  • Ranger, Shamshy Wildlife Sanctuary: Emilbek Djaparov
  • Ranger, Shamshy Wildlife Sanctuary: Urmat Tologonov
  • Ranger, Shamshy Wildlife Sanctuary: Rustam Joldoshov

Mongolia | Partner Organization: Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation

  • Country Program Director: Bayarjargal Agvaantseren
  • Research and Monitoring Manager: Purevjav Lkhagvajav
  • Conservation and Education Manager: Tserennadmid Mijiddorj
  • Protected Area/CRA Program Manager: Erdenechimeg Baasandamba
  • Protected Area/CRA Program Associate: Enkhtuvshin Gongor
  • Program Coordinator Snow Leopard Enterprises: Unurzul Dashzeveg
  • Office Manager: Dolgormaa Davaa
  • Driver: Byambajav Tsevegmid
  • Camp Driver: Mijid Avir
  • Camp Manager: Oyungerel Baatar

Pakistan | Partner Organization – Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan

Islamabad office:

  • Country Program Director: Dr. Muhammad Ali Nawaz
  • Accounts Officer: Muhammad Shahid Tanveer
  • Network & IT Administrator: Moazzam Ali
  • ResearchAssociate: Fathul Bari
  • GIS Expert: Doost Ali
  • Communication and Outreach Expert: Moiz Rafi
  • Company Secretary: Adil Amin
  • Front Desk Officer: Javed Majeed

Chitral office:

  • Senior Conservation Associate / Head of Chitral office: Khurshid Ali Shah
  • Enterprise Development Officer: Yasmeen Cheema
  • Conservation Officer: Muhammad Ayub Khan
  • Enterprise Development Assistant: Nazia Hassan
  • Field Assistant: Siraj Khan
  • Office Boy: Jawani Khan
  • Driver Sher Khan

Gilgit office:

  • Assistant Director/ Head of Gilgit Office: Jaffar ud Din
  • Conservation Officer: Muhammad Wali Khan
  • Conservation Associate: Muhammad Younas
  • Senior Research Associate: Hussain Ali
  • Office Boy: Altaf Hussain
  • Driver : Wakil Jan
Board of Directors
  • President: Rhetick Sengupta
  • Vice-President: Gayle Podrabsky
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Brad Rutherford
  • Barbara Blywise
  • Lisa Dabek, PhD
  • Patricia Devereux
  • Georgina Domberger
  • Jed Gorden, MD
  • James Platts
  • Gary Podrabsky
  • Stephen Sparrow