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)/WAZA
Paula Cerdán Liaison WAZA
Candice Dorsey Vice-Chair Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
James Biggs Voting member Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
Raymond van der Meer Voting member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
Tracy Rehse Voting member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Wendy Chua Voting member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)
Christian Olaciregui Voting member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
Sanjay Shukla Voting member Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
Kazutoshi Takami Voting member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Kumiko Hara Corresponding member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Katelyn Mucha Participating member Species360
Alexandra Guerra Corresponding member Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA)
Kristine Schad Eebes Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
John Werth Corresponding member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Megan Brown Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Laurie Bingaman Lackey Corresponding member WAZA
William van Lint Corresponding member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
John Andrews Corresponding member Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Elmar Fienieg Corresponding member European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA)
Brandie Smith Observer Smithsonian Institution
Karen Fifield Ex Officio member of Committees WAZA/Wellington Zoo
Martín Zordan Ex Officio member of Committees WAZA

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
Paula Cerdán Liaison WAZA
Sara Basque Assistant to Chair Woodland Park Zoo
Lance Miller Vice Chair Chicago Zoological Society
Candice Dorsey Member AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums)
Kevin Buley Member Auckland Zoo
Holly Farmer Member EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria)/ Paignton Zoo
David Powell Member Sant Louis Zoo
John Werth Member PAAZA (Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria)
Ms Kasumi Nagakura Member JAZA (Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums) - Yokohama Greenery Foundation - Yokohama Zoo
Nicola Craddock Member ZAA (Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia) - WAZA Council
Paloma Bosso Member Parque das Aves
Sally Binding Member EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria)
Simon Marsh Observer Wild Welfare
Willem Manansang Member SEAZA (Southeast Asian Zoo and Aquariu association) - Taman Safari Park
Sally Sherwen Member Melbourne Zoo (Zoos Victoria)
Dr Grace Fuller Member Detroit Zoological Society
Claudia Tay Member Resorts World Sentosa
Claudia Igayara Member AZAB (Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil)
Thomas Kauffels Member Opel Zoo
Catalina Rodriguez Member Fundación Parque Jaime Duque
Emily Polla Member Perth Zoo

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 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 WAZA
Alexandra Guerra Voting member Latin American Zoo & Aquarium Association (ALPZA)
John Werth Voting member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Katy Duke Voting member The Deep
Kevin Mills Voting member South Carolina Aquarium
Kumar Pillai Voting member Mandai Wildlife Group
Pierre-Yves Bureau Voting member Paris Zoo
Daniel Warsaw Voting member Wellington Zoo Trust
Bonnie Mendoza Voting member The Phoenix Zoo
Karen Fifield Ex officio member Wellington Zoo
Martín Zordan Ex officio member WAZA

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 WAZA
Rob Hillsenroth Member American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)
Cécile Erny Member Association Française des Parcs Zoologiques (AFdPZ)
Nancy Banevicius Member Brazilian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZAB)
Jo Judge Member British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA)
Tina Maisonneuve Member Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
Sanjay Shukla Member Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
Julia Gräfin Maltzan Member Deutscher-Wildgehege-Verband e.V.
Myfanwy Griffith Member European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
Olga Santacana Member Iberian Association of Zoos & Aquaria (AIZA)
Patrick Haller Member International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
Judy Mann Member International Zoo Educators Association (IZE)
Gloria Svampa Member Italian Association of Zoos and Aquaria (UIZA)
Kumiko Hara Member Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA)
Alexandra Guerra Member Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ALPZA)
John Werth Member Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA)
Wen-Haur Cheng Member Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)
Helena Håkansson Member Swedish Association of Zoological Parks & Aquaria (SAZA-SDF)
Erich Kočner Member Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos (UCSZOO)
Volker Homes Member Verband der Zoologischen Gärten (VdZ)
Nicola Craddock Member Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)

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 Liaison WAZA
Helen Lockhart Member Two Oceans Aquarium
Helen Church Member ZAA
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
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.

WAZA CESC has the Conservation Sub Committee, and the Environmental Sustainability Sub Committee. 

Judy Mann-Lang Chair Two Oceans Aquarium
Paula Cerdán Liaison WAZA
Elaine Bensted Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee Chair Zoos South Australia
Helen Lockhart Conservation Subcommittee Co-chair Two Oceans Aquarium
James Biggs Conservation Subcommittee Co-chair ZAA Australasia
Andrew Fischer Member SSA Group
Andrew Mooney Member Dublin Zoo
Adrián Sestelo Member Ecoparque Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Danny de Man Member EAZA
Ivan Rehak Member Prague Zoo
William Street Member Global CSS Indianapolis
Javier Almunia Member Loro Parque
Lisa Kelley Member St Louis Zoo
Mike Jordan Member Chester Zoo
Nadine Lamberski Member San Diego Wildlife Alliance
Nina Trontti Member Korkeasaari Zoo
Rohaya Saharom Member Mandai Wildlife
Sonja Luz Member Mandai Wildlife
Tracey Gazibara Member Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Catalina Rodríguez Member Bioparque Wakatá/Parque Jaime Duque
Deborah Luke Member Florida Aquarium
Christian Olaciregui Member ALPZA
Bert Vescolani Member Denver Zoo
Onnie Byers Member CPSG
Jenny Gray Member Zoos Victoria
Kira Mileham Member IUCN SSC
David Field Member RZSS
Cat Barton Member Chester Zoo
Erin Meyer Member Seattle Aquarium
Jens-Ove Heckel Member Zoo Landau in der Pfalz
Karen Fifield Ex Officio Wellington Zoo/WAZA
Martin Zordan Ex Officio WAZA

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