Boris Barov holds a Master in Ecology (specialisation Human Resources, complemented by numerous professional training courses in NGO governance and management) and works as Coordinator of the Biodiversity Conservation Partnership of BirdLife Europe and HeidelbergCement. His position involves liaising among different management levels and grassroot structures of the BirdLife partnership of NGOs and the structures of this global company. Previously he has worked as European Conservation Manager for BirdLife (2007-2011), where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of the European conservation programme for species and site conservation. He has over 15 year of professional experience in nature conservation, 7 of which as executive director of the Bulgarian BirdLife Partner (2000-07). 


Anna Baumann holds a Master in Business Administration (in Strategy and Leadership) and made in 2009 a diploma in animal keeping. Formerly she was working for many years in the banking and telecom industry in Marketing and Sales but also in the Change Management. She was self employed before she started working in the zoo industry in 2003, in October 2008 she has been appointed as director of nature and animal park Goldau, Switzerland. The park is well known for his bearded vulture breading center which has been built in the late nineties. Since then thirteen bearded vultures has been released in coordination with the bearded vulture organization Switzerland. 


Iñigo Fajardo (Dr. zool.) studied zoology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain and did his PhD in Habitat selection and non-natural mortality in birds of prey. He is Coordinator of Andalusian Scheme against the Illegal Use of Poison and works as a wildlife and conservation adviser for the regional govt. of Andalusia. He has been deeply involved in active conservation programmes with threatened species as Bearded Vultures, Iberian Lynx, Black Stork, Cetaceans and Black Vultures.




Daniel Hegglin(Dr. sc. nat.) studied zoology and wildlife biology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and did his PhD in Ecology and Epidemiology. He is executive director of the Swiss Foundation for the bearded vulture and executive board member of SWILD, an independent wildlife research and consulting institute. Additionally, he coordinates the monitoring of bearded vultures in Switzerland and is in charge of satellite tracking released juveniles.


Luc Huyghe studied Law at the university of Louvain in Belgium and specialised in Maritime/Transport Law and Tax Law.  He is currently tax partner with KPMG in Belgium and was for many years  board member of KPMG and director of several companies and institutions'.


Norbert Schäffer (Dr. rer. nat.) studied biology at the University of Regensburg and specialised in animal ecology at the University of Bayreuth. He wrote his phd thesis on an ornithological topic at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell. Norbert Schäffer worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) from 1996 - 2014. Today, he is chairman of Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV; in Bavaria, Germany. Norbert Schäffer is also the chief editor of the German birdwatching magazine Der Falke (






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