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Ron Glucksman

Ron Glucksman, Co-Founder

Ron Glucksman is a media strategist with a multi-national client base in diverse industries, including Telecomm, Fashion and Finance.  Originally from Israel, he was raised in The Netherlands and New England; Boston eventually became his family home, where he attended Brandeis University and then moved on to Carnegie Mellon for his MBA. Ron’s passion for elephants was reignited when he recently read Dame Sheldrick’s memoir Love, Life and Elephants. The seed for Ivory For Elephants was born after many a sleepless night of feeling helpless in the face of elephants’ plight. The resulting connection with Jonathan Sismey forged an idea into a reality and they are now striving to use the power of media to lessen the demand for Ivory. Ron resides in Brooklyn with Selene (his canine companion), and escapes to the Catskills mountain region to enjoy and connect with nature.

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Jonathan Sisme

Jonathan Sismey, Co-Founder

Jonathan Sismey is a media consultant and works with several major international publishing companies, handling elements of their print, online and sponsorship opportunities globally. He is a UK native, having moved to the US in mid 1995 to broaden his career, initially working in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas for Reed Business Information, a division of Elsevier Inc. When he realized, through meeting with Ron Glucksman– a like-minded colleague, how his contacts and audience-reach could be leveraged to assist in saving the elephants, IFE was created. He currently lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with his wife Victoria, also from the UK, and their two children Samuel and Charlotte, who were both born in Brooklyn (and definitely speak with a different dialect.)

Aki Martin

Aki Martin, Creative Strategies

Aki Martin is a marketing strategist and advertising industry veteran, with over 15 years experience working across agencies and non-profit organizations. She became involved with Ivory for Elephants after meeting Jonathan Sismey at an industry conference, and was quickly engulfed with concern over the urgency and importance of the elephant crisis. Inspired by her daughter’s love of elephants and saddened by the prospect of their extinction, she was compelled and motivated to join the IFE team, to help raise awareness, advocacy and funding to support this important issue. As part of the IFE team, she contributes to strategy, planning and copy writing to IFE’s communication and fundraising efforts.

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Victoria Bailey, Social Media

If there’s anything happening on FaceBook for IFE, you can bet Victoria Bailey knows about it. A UK native with intense interests in wildlife conservation, ecology and sustainability, Victoria brings an amazing global network to life. She is well traveled, with specific interests in art, wine, and gardening. She currently lives with her husband, Jonathan (c0-founder of IFE) and two children in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

Danielle Underhill, Editor in Chief - IFE Blog

Danielle Underhill is a passionate environmentalist and nature enthusiast with a particular affinity for elephant conservation. After receiving her degree in conservation biology and ecology she traveled to Africa in the summer of 2015. There she spent time in Kenya and Madagascar, writing a travel blog detailing her experiences with various humanitarian and environmental NGOs, as well as her encounters with the unbelievable wildlife found in Africa. An experience that would leave Danielle speechless was one in which she witnessed wild elephants in their natural habitat on the Kenyan Masai Mara. Although left without words at the time, Danielle knew at that moment where she needed to direct her efforts. After returning to the United States, Danielle packed her things and moved from Arizona to Washington D.C. to be closer to non-profits working to protect elephants. Since arriving in the District she has since held an internship with Island Press, an environmental publishing organization, as well as a research position with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the World Wildlife Fund studying the ivory trade in America.

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Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton, Events & Outreach

Sarah Thornton has become passionate advocate of animal rights in recent years. Introduced to Ivory for Elephants by co-founder Ron Glucksman, she was immediately interested in helping advance the cause. Sarah’s amazing social media and networking skills promise to bring IFE into the limelight. Originally from Ohio, Sarah has lived in Brooklyn for the past 13 years where she shares a home with her husband and two cats. She received her B.S. in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School at Ohio University and has been working in a support role in the finance industry for the past decade.

Robert DiScalfani

Robert DiScalfani, Photography/Film

Robert DiScalfani has been an editorial and commercial photographer in New York for over twenty years. Though most of his work is created for the commercial market, his aesthetic style stems from his background and love of fine art, photography & film. As a cinematographer, Robert has shot for an independent feature-length film titled ‘Perception’ by writer/director Wade Wofford. Robert recently traveled to India, Vietnam, the Philippines & Cambodia to film for the US-based children’s charity ‘SmileTrain’ and the Prime Time cable show ‘The Doctors.’ His food photography has led him to shoot ‘Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook’ as well as ‘Da Silvano Cookbook: Simple Secrets from New York’s Favorite Italian Restaurant’ by chef & restaurateur Silvano Marchetto. Robert currently runs Bond Street Productions in Brooklyn, NY.

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South Africa:Seven Suspects Arrested for Dealing and Possession of Rhino Horns

[SAPS] As part of strengthening the fight against rhino poaching and protecting the endangered species, the Kuruman Flying Squad and Stock Theft Units arrested seven suspects yesterday, 10 January 2017 for dealing and possession of rhino horns.

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Wildlife Detectives Pursue the Case of Dwindling Elephants in Indonesia

Advocacy groups are going undercover to help the police track down poachers and using unconventional means to save the animals.

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Wildlife Detectives Pursue the Case of Dwindling Elephants in Indonesia

Advocacy groups are going undercover to help the police track down poachers and using unconventional means to save the animals.

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Wildlife Detectives Pursue the Case of Dwindling Elephants in Indonesia

Advocacy groups are going undercover to help the police track down poachers and using unconventional means to save the animals.

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Namibia:Five Suspected Poachers Denied Bail

[Namibian] FIVE suspects who were arrested last week for being in possession of four elephant tusks were denied bail in the Katima Mulilo Magisitrate’s Court on Monday.

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Liberia:Elephants Go On ‘Rampage’ in Nimba

[Observer] A group of elephants has resurfaced in the Gio Forest near Tappita District in Lower Nimba County destroying plantain farms and breaking down rice kitchens (storage barns), the Daily Observer has reliably gathered.

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Tanzania:Kenya Runs Out of Wildlife Space

[Daily News] KENYA’s latest wildlife census — held just last December – shows the country is currently ‘proud’ home to 7,347 elephants, citing a slight increase in the jumbo’s population.

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BBC considers whether to stop showing ivory on Antiques Roadshow

Programme accused of being out of touch after China bans all trade in ivory and UK looks to tightening existing legislation

The BBC is considering whether to stop showing ivory on the Antiques Roadshow as the government looks to a total ban on the material’s sale in the UK.

China has already outlawed all trade in ivory and the UK government is consulting on whether to follow suit as attempts to stop the poaching of elephants increase around the world.

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In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers

DNA databases holding samples from thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are helping to convict illegal traffickers.

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In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers

DNA databases holding samples from thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are helping to convict illegal traffickers.

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Rhinoceros DNA database successful in aiding poaching prosecutions

Statistical study shows how powerful RhODIS database is in linking forensic evidence to particular animals, say researchers

A large database of rhinoceros DNA is successfully being used to prosecute poachers and those trading rhino horns, new research has revealed.

While numbers of the southern white rhino – the only wild subspecies of white rhino in Africa – have grown to about 20,000, fewer than 5,500 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, and both species are affected by poaching.

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Zimbabwe:Seven Suspected Poachers Thrown Into Remand Prison

[The Herald] Seven suspected poachers who shot and wounded a rhino in the Save Valley Conservancy were recently sent to remand prison after the court threw out their application for refusal of further remand.

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