Wim has been an affiliate of the ASA board since July 2012. Wim has a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey. He spent his junior year at the University of Exeter where he took a yearlong course in Ecology. It was this course that first sparked his interest in conservation, the environment, and the ecosystem. After attending an event held on behalf of the University of Exeter by the UK Ambassador in Washington D.C., Wim had the pleasure of meeting a member of the ASA team. They immediately hit it off, and began to develop business plans to assist the Alliance.
Wim has worked in finance for over six years and is now a Director at Knight Capital Group, Inc. He started his career in finance as a Securities Lending Analyst at Deutsche Bank in London. He moved to New York to join Deutsche Bank’s Prime Brokerage Client Management team in 2007. In 2009 Wim was hired by Knight Capital Group to flagship their Self-Clearing initiative. He plans to utilize his business knowledge and professional contacts to help market the Alliance’s mission and bring forth potential strategic partnerships.
“Gabby Wild” is considered the “new” face of animal activism. Dubbed the “guardian angel of wildlife”, she founded the 501(c)(3), The Gabby Wild Foundation, Inc. Through her organization, she travels the world to promote animal conservation through creative fundraising and awareness campaigns. Previously, Wild has conducted competitions, challenges, and travel expeditions to places like Thailand to work with elephants, Africa to study baboons, Alaska to tend Iditarod sled dogs, and Ireland to aid horses.
Wild’s most recent campaign involves a cat-walk into the fashion forest. Wearing only one sustainable outfit representing an endangered animal for an entire month for each month of 2012, she has employed high fashion to raise an eyebrow for her furry (and bald) friends. The outfits were predominantly designed and tailor-made by Lifetime’s Project Runway designers. Within the first five months of her campaign, she received over 150 media credits for her efforts, including the NY Times. Rod Manley, SVP of Communications at Giorgio Armani US, has proclaimed the campaign as, “Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!”
Gabby has been internationally recognized for her philanthropic efforts by organizations such as the Humane Society, GreenPeace, Conservation International, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resource Defense Council, Arkive, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Among the honors she has received include the “Champion of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Programme” and “Hero of the Revolution” by Sustainatopia. In an effort to marry her dual interest in animal conservation and fashion, she premiered in the fashion world with Luis Valenzuela at TheGreenShows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (February 10, 2012), and has been featured at EarthDayMiami and Fashion Fights Poverty in Washington D.C.
Also a fundamental scientist, Gabby has conducted molecular research since she was 15 years old, conducting her first independent research project on the bacterial composition of indolent eye ulcers of dogs.
Wild has yet bigger ambitions to work not only for animals but directly with animals too. She is a graduate of Cornell University (2011) with a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Animal Science and currently attends Cornell Veterinary College in pursuit of a degree in veterinary medicine.
Willem Ferwerda studied tropical ecology and environmental science in Amsterdam and has background in non profit and profit organizations. He has worked in several (tropical) countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia on conservation and restoration. He was director of the IUCN Netherlands from 2000 until March 2012. Under the Ecosystem Grants Programme, IUCN NL financed more 1,500 local projects in more than 40 developing countries. Willem has put biodiversity on the agendas of business and government in The Netherlands, strengthened the Dutch IUCN network and introduced TEEB, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity to business in the Netherlands. He also founded Leaders for Nature, a business network on biodiversity and ecosystems in 2005. A year later he convened 80 CEOs to sign an open letter to the Dutch government, which led to the creation of the governmental Taskforce on Biodiversity and Natural Resources.
In 2010 his efforts resulted in an agreement on biodiversity between the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW) and 35 nature organizations. As an entrepreneur, lobbyist and connector Willem is always looking to find new challenges where nature can be positively included in peoples thinking and acting. “We are living in an economic world where disconnectivity between man and nature has become the norm. The need to reconnect with nature will be our utmost challenge and will lead us to a sustainable economy.”
Willem is Special Advisor at the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (www.iucn.org/cem) dedicated to create an international Broker Consortium on Ecosystem Restoration with Business. He is also recently appointed Executive Fellow at the Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management with the special task to bringing ecosystem thinking into the business. As advisor and board member he is associated to several companies and nature organizations, such as the World Land Trust (UK), the Charles Darwin Foundation (Galapagos, Ecuador) and Van Lippe Biesterfeld Natuurcollege (The Netherlands).
Caroline Born is an independent animator, currently working as a character designer for a German cartoon production company. Seeking warmer weather Caroline moved to Austin, Texas from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after completing her B.S. in Media Arts and Animation.
Caroline grew up in Berlin, Germany and was introduced to the wonderful world of amphibians when given a clutch of frog eggs that she raised in her mother’s kitchen. Her passion for nature continued to develop and with it her artistic talents that she now brings to the Alliance to help communicate the importance of saving the world’s amphibians.
Everett is proud to be one of the newest affiliates of the ASA, specializing in creative production and social media. An entertainer by trade but a conservationist at heart, Everett seeks to provide exciting and innovative ways to communicate the importance of conservation to a greater audience for the ASA. Utilizing his background in live performance and his skills as a producer, Everett looks to develop fresh public awareness campaigns mixing entertainment with conservation and drive engagement further online and in person. Everett was introduced to the ASA on behalf of his friend Wim Shih, a fellow conservationist and ASA affiliate.
Currently, Everett co-produces the Bar-Top Bandits, a traveling nightlife production featuring professional vocalists and dancers performing on bar tops throughout the United States. To date, the Bandits have volunteered a significant portion of their time performing and participating at non-profit events, including: The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wounded Warrior, American Cancer Society, and most recently, hurricane relief efforts for their homes on the Jersey Shore. Everett graduated from American University with a degree in Communication Studies: Media and Society and a minor in Anthropology.