Changes in the WAZA Executive Office

Posted: 12 January 2024

As we enter the new year, the WAZA office is working towards taking forward the new vision and strategic priorities that its membership has entrusted it with. One of the first changes as we head in this direction, has been the elevation of two current WAZA Executive Office staff members.

Paula Cerdán, the new Head of Conservation and Animal Welfare, joined WAZA in 2019. In her previous role as WAZA’s Animal Welfare and Conservation Coordinator, she was instrumental in shaping the WAZA 2023 Animal Welfare Goal and is currently working on the WAZA 2027 Population Management Goal. She provided support to the Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Committee, the Committee for Population Management, and the Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee, actively engaging in their initiatives. Paula is eager to broaden her involvement within WAZA, contributing to impactful initiatives aligned with the organisation’s new strategy. She looks forward to continuing to bring her ideas and ambition to the table, to strengthening our organisation’s role as reputable leaders in animal welfare and conservation.

Tania Kahlon, the new Head of Communications for WAZA, joined the organisation in 2022 as the Communications Coordinator. She has worked with a host of stakeholders including civil society organisations, policy makers, and think tanks to evaluate and communicate policy. Her extensive experience in communications and campaign management has enabled her to effectively employ communications as a powerful tool to disseminate key ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences to influence change. This has been integral to her work with sustainability think tanks and political consultancies that she has worked with. In her new role as the Head of Communications, she looks forward to building WAZA’s reputation as a leader in animal welfare and conservation while also strengthening WAZA’s niche role as a global convenor, bringing together diverse stakeholders and experts from around the world.

Dr Martín Zordan, WAZA’s CEO said, ‘I am confident that in their new roles, both Paula Cerdán and Tania Kahlon will excel in helping WAZA achieve its new vision and strategic priorities. I am privileged to get to work with them and the excellent professionals at the office. When the team’s members grow, our Association grows as well. We continue our journey to be a globally recognised and trusted leader advancing conservation and animal welfare.’

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