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.
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.
Raphaël Néouze is the head of the vulture’s conservation and reintroduction programs in the region of Grands Causses in France. He leads the team of the local office of LPO (Birdlife France), which is running actions in favour of the four European vultures species. He is the coordinator of the French National Action Plan in favour of the Black vulture and has prepared, implemented and developed the Bearded vulture reintroduction program in the Massif-central. Originating in that region, he got passionate for birds and vultures in his childhood while the Griffon vulture was reintroduced there for the world’s first time! Raphaël studied biology and agriculture in Paris, in England, at the Royal Agricultural College, and in Ireland, at University College Dublin. Today, he works regularly with all the local, national and international stakeholders involved in the conservation of these species and their habitats: farmers, outdoor sports, scientists, hunters, parks, NGO’s, public administration, communities, locals… bringing their energies together.
Hans Pohlmann studied Spatial Planning and worked at two different consultancy firms in the following 15 years. Currently he works at Boskalis, a large Contractor firm, as a Commercial director/Relationship manager. He works on several nature-related projects, like the Marker Wadden and Griend. Hans' first acquaintance with the VCF was when he returned a weakened Bearded vulture back to the Alps. Since then, he has worked on several projects, while representing the VCF.
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; www.lbv.de) in Bavaria, Germany. Norbert Schäffer is also the chief editor of the German birdwatching magazine Der Falke (www.falke-journal.de).