WAZA Association and Institution Members can join both Standing and Non-standing Committees, while Affiliate, Corporate, Honorary, and Life Members can only join the Non-standing Committees.

WAZA Standing Committees

Committee for Population Management

WAZA CPM promotes global cooperation among Regional and Nationl Associations for effective population management in zoos and aquariums. They also support capacity building, host and plan the Joint TAG Chairs Meeting, and enhance conservation impact through strategic alliances.

David Field Chair Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS)
Paula Cerdán Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Alexandra Guerra Corresponding member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
Brandie Smith Corresponding member Smithsonian's National Zoo
Candice Dorsey Vice Chair 2021-2023 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Christian Olaciregui Voting member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
Clément Lanthier Ex Officio member of Committees Calgary Zoo
James Biggs Vice Chair 2023-2026 Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
John Andrews Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
John Werth Corresponding member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Katelyn Mucha Participating member Species360
Kazutoshi Takami Voting member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Kristine Schad Eebes Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Kumiko Hara Corresponding member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Laurie Bingaman Lackey Corresponding member World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Megan Brown Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Raymond van der Meer Corresponding member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
Sanjay Shukla Corresponding member Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
Tracy Rehse Voting member National Zoological Garden of South Africa
Wendy Chua Voting member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)
William van Lint Corresponding member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)

Ethics and Animal Welfare

The WAZA EAWC’s objectives include making recommendations to the WAZA Council on animal welfare best practices, promoting member compliance with the WAZA Code of Ethics, the WAZA 2023 Animal Welfare Goal and WAZA’s Animal Welfare Strategy, collaborating with partners to enhance animal welfare in zoos and aquariums globally.

Alejandro Grajal Chair Woodland Park Zoo
Candice Dorsey Member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Paula Cerdán Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Cesare Avesani Zaborra Member Parco Natura Viva Garda Zoological Park
Cláudia Igayara de Souza Member Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil (AZAB)
Claudia Tay Member S.E.A. Aquarium
David Powell Member Saint Louis Zoo
Grace Fuller Member Detroit Zoological Society
Holly Farmer Member Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
John Werth Member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Kasumi Nagakura Member Yokohama Zoological Gardens "ZOORASIA"
Lance Miller Member Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
Mara Marques Member Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil (AZAB)
Nicola Craddock Member Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
Paloma Bosso Member Parque das Aves
Sally Binding Member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
Sally Sherwen Member Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
Simon Marsh Member Wild Welfare
Wen-Haur Cheng Member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)
Willem Manansang Member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)

Finance

The WAZA Finance Committee is responsible for advising the Council on matters pertaining to the WAZA’s financial health and stability. This includes monitoring its operational revenues and expenses, accounts, and potential investments, and addressing any issues of a financial nature as may be assigned by the WAZA Council. The Finance Committee is also responsible for initiating an annual audit by selecting an appropriate entity qualified to conduct such activities and processes. 

Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis Chair Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation (VAMSC)
María Jesús Sanz Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Martín Zordan Ex Officio Member World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Karen Fifield Ex Officio Member Member Wellington Zoo
Myfanwy Griffith Member European Association of Zoos and Aquariua (EAZA)
Louise Gordon Member Johannesburg Zoo
Juan Pedro Mosquera Member Buin Zoo

Membership

The WAZA Membership Committee is responsible for promoting WAZA membership growth and retention as per the WAZA strategic priorities through regular review of membership applications and enhancement of the application process. 

Nicola Craddock Chair Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
Janet Ho Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Alexandra Guerra Member Latin American Zoo & Aquarium Association (ALPZA)
John Werth Member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Katy Duke Member The Deep
Kevin Mills Member South Carolina Aquarium
Kumar Pillai Member Mandai Wildlife Group
Pierre-Yves Bureau Member Parc Zoologique De Paris
Clément Lanthier Ex-officio Member Calgary Zoo

Nominating

Chair: Clément Lanthier, CEO and President, Calgary Zoo 

The WAZA Nominations Committee has the responsibility to seek candidates for Council positions and verify their qualifications. For its work the committee has to liaise with regional associations, respect the WAZA demographics and coordinate with WAZA Council. 

Note: The Nominating Committee only becomes active during council election year (next one will be in 2025) 

WAZA Non-Standing Committees

Associations

The Associations Committee is responsible for the collegial dissemination of WAZA information to regional and national associations who are members of WAZA, and from those Associations to WAZA Council.  

Craig Hoover Chair Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Martín Zordan Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Alexandra Guerra Member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
Cécile Erny Member Association Française des Parcs Zoologiques (AFdPZ)
Mara Cristina Marques Member Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil (AZAB)
Myfanwy Griffith Member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
Erich Kočner Member Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos (UCSZOO)
Kumiko Hara Member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Gert Emmrich Member Deutsche Tierpark-Gesellschaft e.V. (DTG)
Gloria Svampa Member Italian Association of Zoos and Aquaria (UIZA)
Helena Håkansson Member Swedish Association of Zoological Parks & Aquaria (SAZA-SDF)
Tina Maisonneuve Member Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
Jo Judge Member British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA)
John Werth Member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Henrik Vesterskov Johansen Member Danish Zoological Gardens & Aquaria (DAZA)
Erich Kočner Member Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos (UCSZOO)
Karl Gîrnhardt Member Deutscher-Wildgehege-Verband e.V.
Nicola Craddock Member Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
Olga Santacana Member Iberian Association of Zoos & Aquaria (AIZA)
Sanjay Kumar Shukla Member Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
Svetlana Akulova Member Eurasian Regional Association of Zoos & Aquariums (EARAZA)
Volker Homes Member Verband der Zoologischen Garten (VdZ)
Wen-Haur Cheng Member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)

Aquariums

Peggy Sloan Committee Chair Shedd Aquarium
Tania Kahlon Liaison WAZA
Keith Sanford Member Tennessee Aquarium
Michael Farquhar Member Two Oceans Aquarium
Katy Duke Member The Deep
Kelly Timmins Member Atlantis Dubai
Thomas Koeplin Member Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten
Chris Dold Member Seaworld Orlando
Clint Wright Member Vancouver Aquarium
Sandy Trautwein Member Species 360
Alfonso Lopez Member RWS-S.E.A. Aquarium
Howard Chuk Member Ocean Park

Communications

Sanna Hellström Chair Helsinki Zoo
Tania Kahlon Liason WAZA
Helen Lockhart Member Two Oceans Aquarium
Rob Vernon Member AZA
Tomasz Rusek Member EAZA
Citlalli Medel Member ALPZA
Andy Hall Member BIAZA
Alan Bannon Member RZSS
Kevin Buley Member Auckland Zoo
Kanako Tomisawa Member IZE
Vincent Jeffries Member Akron Zoo
Kumar Pillai Member SEAZA
Suzanne Ho Member Mandai Wildlife Group
Tina Maisonnavue Member CAZA
Amy Hughes Member Wellington Zoo

Conservation and Environmental Sustainability

The WAZA CESC assists WAZA and its members on contributing effectively to biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability through recommendations, development of guidelines, and strategic partnerships.

Judy Mann-Lang Chair SAAMBR
Paula Cerdán Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Adrián Sestelo Member Ecoparque Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Bert Vescolani Member Denver Zoo
Bob Chastain Member Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Christian Olaciregui Member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
David Musingo Member Uganda Wildlife Center
Elaine Bensted Member Adelaide Zoo
Eric Tsao Member Taipei Zoo
Helen Lockhart Member Two Oceans Aquarium
Ivan Rehak Member Prague Zoo
Jenny Gray Member Melbourne Zoo
Jens-Ove Heckel Member Landau Zoo
Karen Fifield Member Wellington Zoo
Kira Mileham Member IUCN
Maria Clara Dominguez Member Fundación Zoológica de Cali
Mike Barclay Member Mandai Wildlife Group
Mike Jordan Member Chester Zoo
Onnie Byers Member IUCN SSC CPSG
Sanna Hellstrom Member Korkeasaari/Helsinki Zoo
Sonja Luz Member Singapore Zoo
Sanjay Shukla Member Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
Tracey Gazibara Member Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Clément Lanthier Ex-officio member Calgary Zoo

Palm Oil Subcommittee

Tracey Gazibara Co-chair Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Bob Chastain Co-chair Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Paula Cerdán Liaison WAZA
Kaitlin Chamberlain Member Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Catherine Barton Member Chester Zoo
Darcie Carruthers Member Melbourne Zoo
Sarah Thomas Member Auckland Zoo
Marcus Tay Member Mandai Wildlife Group
Wei Bin Ong Member Mandai Wildlife Group
Belinda Fairbrother Member Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Reverse the Red Subcommittee

Theo Pagel Chair Cologne Zoo
Martín Zordan Liaison World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Paula Cerdán Liasion World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Jenny Gray Member Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
Judy Mann Member SAAMBR/uShaka Sea World
Eric Tsao Member Taipei Zoo
Bert Vescolani Member Denver Zoo
Darío Lareu Member Fundación Temaikèn
David Field Member The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Kira Mileham Member IUCN SSC
Clément Lanthier Ex-officio Member Calgary Zoo

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