Pradeep Suthram is the Director of Product Experience at RippleWorks.org, a non-profit dedicated to helping scale social enterprises. He has over ten years of hands-on entrepreneurial and business consulting experience and has served as a business designer and product manager. His focus is to improve collaboration and innovation at startups, non-profits, and multinational corporations. Pradeep's career has been defined by his passion to use technology and data for social and conservation causes.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is a veterinarian and Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a non-profit organization based in Uganda and dedicated to the coexistence of endangered mountain gorillas, other wildlife, humans, and livestock in Africa. Interested in animals since the age of 12, Gladys started a wildlife club at her school and organized trips to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. She was Uganda's first wildlife veterinarian and the star of the BBC documentary, "Gladys the African Vet." In 2009, she won the Whitley Gold Award, the top prize awarded in what has been considered as the "Green Oscars" for her conservation work. In February 2013, CCTV News: Faces of Africa featured CTPH in a documentary entitled "Gorilla In Our Midst," available to watch now at www.ctph.org.
"Education is key to ensuring the survival of wildlife and fragile ecosystems for future generations. I believe that Primate Education Network will inspire conservation action. After setting up a wildlife club in my secondary school, I was inspired to become a veterinarian to work with wildlife and set up the veterinary unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority."
Lou Ann Dietz
Lou Ann Dietz has an Ed.S. in Educational Systems Development and a long history of helping conservation practitioners. In 1983, she began working in Brazil with a team of biologists, protected area managers, and community leaders to develop an education component of the golden lion tamarin conservation program. This program continues today and is coordinated by the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), a Brazilian NGO Lou Ann helped to found. As World Wildlife Fund’s Brazil Program Officer for 16 years, Lou Ann pioneered the integration of both social and biological sciences to develop solutions to complex conservation problems. Lou Ann currently serves on AMLD’s Board of Directors and is an independent consultant, training and coaching conservation practitioners in the application of the Conservation Measures Partnership's Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. Before joining PEN's Advisory Board, she was nominated as our April 2013 Educator of the Month.
“Because of the fascination we humans have for our fellow primates, they can serve as powerful flagships for mobilizing public support and actions for conservation of tropical forests. Strategically developed education strategies focusing on primates can thus reduce the threats to these forests. PEN is an excellent way for educators around the world to share tools developed and lessons learned to maximize their programs’ impact for conservation of tropical forest ecosystems.”
Maryll Moon is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) who raised grants and donations for environmental and advocacy organizations for 20 years in Washington, D.C. before taking her current position on the fundraising staff of a community hospital in Aurora, Illinois. A native of Aurora, Maryll received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Harvard University. Her professional memberships include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Grant Professionals Association, and the West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
"In primate education, like in every other field of endeavor, we can achieve so much more working collaboratively than in isolation. So many people, dedicating their lives to saving species through conservation education, will see their work enriched and multiplied through the synergism that grows out of PEN."