In his late 40s, Richard has experienced a broad spectrum of commercial life, having been a helicopter pilot, computer software engineer and a business owner. He is recognised as a leading expert in the development complex computer systems and spends much of his time as an active mentor for software developers. Richard is the visionary behind the Wildness of Life Foundation and heads up the fundraising and engineering activities. He’s also our own expert on sled-dogs, accompanied by Spartacus and Caesar the huskies wherever he goes.
Olga has ten years experience in managing departments within large NGOs and companies as well as running fast growing technology businesses. She grew up with dogs from day one and walked in forests looking for wolf tracks during cold Russian winters, from where her love for the wild comes. In her role at the Wildness of Life Foundation, Olga heads up the marketing, public relations and administration activities. She’s also our key speaker when we go out on the road to educate and tell people more about the ways of the wolf.
Georgina is a historian and manager of cultural and natural heritage, particularly interested in the evolution of the relationship between humans and wolves. She believe humanity as we know it today has left its natural facet aside, a tragic loss. Hence, she’s positive that a project like WOLF is an important step in the right direction. Georgina’s role is to enable the sanctuary to become a point of union between humans and nature, and a place for education that enhanced respect and knowledge of noble and ancient species such as the Iberian wolf.
Iñaki is a speaker, public speaking trainer and Design Management teacher born in Mexico City. At the age of 10, he was bitten by his neighbour’s Malamute, Sandy which led him to develop fear of dogs, but he still loved wolves – perhaps something to do with his Mexican roots where tribal narrative sees the wolf as a human’s good friend. After moving to Catalunya, he spent 6 months in the mountains here in 2004 and fell in love with nature and the beautiful surroundings. He hopes that W.O.L.F. becomes a bridge between more city animals like him and nature.
Brad is our multidisciplinary linchpin who began his career as a fish and wildlife biologist in the Canadian environment industry. With extensive experience in natural resource science and management, Brad speaks the language of most teams involved on such projects including conservation, environment, animal welfare, enforcement, legal, engineering, and project management. When not helping international conservation organizations and primate sanctuaries he often spends time with wild primate troops learning to be more human. Brad lives in Bali, Indonesia.
Yulán is currently researching animal welfare, personality and mental disorders with Chimpanzees, as well as Killer Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins and Iberian Lynx. With a biology degree (zoology specialization) and a master’s degree in animal behaviour, she now teaches primatology courses at several Spanish universities and is member of Directive Board of APE where she is responsible for the research committee. Yulán contributes to the technical aspects of the project including: research, animal welfare, and educational programmes.
Titia has spent seven years working closely with wild animals in a variety of settings. She has held a number of roles as an animal keeper and biologist in shelters and wildlife parks, and also worked as a veterinary assistant. Titia’s role at the Wildness of Life Foundation is to coordinate our collaboration initiatives with field experts in Iberian flora and fauna to ensure that our decisions are informed to be sustainable and long term.
Xavier has been making documentary films covering social history across France, Spain and Portugal for over 15 years. He has always held an admiration for the wildness of wolves and holds the title of being the best friend of many dogs, who consider them one of his own. Xavier has been following the activities of W.O.L.F. with his camera since January 2016 and has his sights on creating a documentary – he’ll be watching us for the next 10 years!
Florian is a true all rounder – he started out his career in a Swiss bank before finding that social work with cognitive disabled people was far more suited to his soul. His love for wolves comes from an overall admiration of nature, animals and wanting to fight against extinction. He hopes that W.O.L.F. can become a sanctuary known for its excellence worldwide and grow to help save the endangered species of Catalunya to the point that sanctuaries themselves are no longer needed.
In Memoriam: Salva was the source of the most vital connections and local knowledge essential to WOLF’s early growth. He was kind and selfless in his contributions, doing what he could to lay a path for protecting Iberian Wolves in Catalunya through humane education and ecotourism. Salva left this world in 2016 but remains forever in our hearts. The gift and legacy he left WOLF is eternal. Goodbye dear friend, you will not be forgotten.
Katia is biologist who specialises in environmental management and geographic information systems. Since childhood she has been in close contact with nature, dedicating her training and work to the protection of biodiversity and helping to minimise human impact on the environment. She thinks it is a priority to establish new forms of coexistence with nature and knows that WOLF is a way to progress this.
It has been said that the maturity of man is to recover the seriousness with which we played when we were kids. Marc has always aspired to be part of a great initiative such as WOLF and, with many years of experience designing and building animal enclosures, knows it is one of the most serious missions that can be found.