Video On Demand

Combating Wildlife Poaching and Insecurity in Africa

July 15, 2015 • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT


Please join us for a comprehensive discussion exploring innovative solutions to combat wildlife poaching and insecurity in Africa. Congressman Ed Royce, Senator Jeff Flake, and Professor Judi Wakhungu will provide keynote addresses. Ensuing panels will examine the latest policy initiatives and proposals aimed at combating wildlife crime in Africa and remedying its ill-effects on states and communities; analyze the human and international security challenges posed by the poaching and trafficking crisis; and highlight successful on-the-ground models for conservation and security.

Keynote remarks by:

The Honorable Ed Royce (R-CA)
Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs

The Honorable Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Chairman, Subcommittee on African Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Professor Judi Wakhungu 
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, Government of Kenya

And panel discussions featuring:

Panel 1:
Room for Growth in Current Anti-Poaching and Trafficking Policy

Dan Ashe
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Luis Arreaga
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Kirstin Siex
Senior Biodiversity Policy Advisor of the Bureau for Africa, USAID

Enrico Pironio 
Africa Wildlife and Protected Areas, European Commission DF DEVCO

Moderated by:

Juan Zarate
Senior Adviser, CSIS
Former Deputy Assistant to the President
Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism

Panel 2:
Environmental and Security Implications of the Current Poaching Crisis

Bryan Christy
Journalist and Author, National Geographic Society

Jackson Miller
Lead Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Analyst, C4ADS

Richard Ruggiero
Chief, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Moderated by:

Jennifer Cooke
Director, CSIS Africa Program

Panel 3:
Examining On-the-Ground Models for Conservation and Security

His Excellency Hussein Dado
Governor, Tana River County, Kenya

Ian Saunders
Chief Operating Officer, Tsavo Trust

Jean Marc Froment
Director of Conservation, African Parks Network

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Johan Jooste
Anti-Poaching Chief, Kruger National Park South Africa

Moderated by:

James Deutsch
Vice President for Conservation Strategy, Wildlife Conservation Society


Juan C. Zarate
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative