Our Global Ambassadors provide input and insight into our projects and mode of operations and also provide outreach and contacts for WBI.
Dr. Arnold Arluke graduated with a Ph.D. in anthropology/sociology from New York University in 1978 and then joined the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston where he focused on medical sociology. In the mid-1980s, he started looking at the use of animals in scientific research and produced landmark papers on the topic in the 1980s and 1990s as well as a book defining the field. He became a world authority on the sociology and anthropology of human-animal relations and has produced numerous books and papers covering many topics. He continues to conduct influential research in the field to this day.
Andrea Gung founded (in 2013) and is the Executive Director of Duo Duo Project, an organization that champions animal welfare in China. Duo Duo started with a focus on ending the dog and cat meat trade in China as well as supporting the work of on-the-ground grass roots campaigns by Chinese activists. More recently, the organization is expanding its focus to promote in China a better understanding and appreciation for canine-human interdependencies, whether as pets, service animals, or search and rescue dogs. The organization continues to push for the passage of the Animal Welfare Protection Law in China, while sponsoring educational and community outreach to show the value and benefits of companion animals. Gung, Chinese American, born and raised in Taiwan, currently resides in California.
Dr. John Hadidian received his Ph.D. in primatology from Penn State University in 1979. He joined the Center for Urban Ecology of the National Park Service in 1984 and rapidly developed into one of the few experts in urban wildlife in the United States. In 1995, he joined the Humane Society of the United States as Director of their Urban Wildlife programs. He retired in 2016 but continues to be active in the field of urban wildlife and wildlife protection, most recently through an adjunct position at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech. He has also served on the Human-Dominated Systems Directorate for the Department of State’s Man and the Biosphere Program.
Dr. Hemanta Mishra was a prominent member of the team which created a network of national parks and protected areas in Nepal. He is a recipient of the prestigious J. Paul Getty Conservation Prize for his pioneering works balancing nature and wildlife conservation with human needs in the Himalayas. He has worked for the Government of Nepal, at the National Trust for Nature Conservation, at the World Bank, at the Asian Development Bank and at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been an Advisor (Consultant) for the Humane Society International, American Himalayan Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, and The Bridge Fund, and as an adjunct professor at George Mason University (Virginia), teaching Environmental Policy in Developing Countries.
Jennifer A. Sullivan is currently a Special Adviser to the US-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a consultant for Japan Bank for International Cooperation, focusing primarily on projects in Myanmar and Indonesia. Prior to starting her consulting business, Ms. Sullivan was the General Counsel of International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, the Washington DC animal organization, and is currently serving as an Ambassador for International Fund for Animal Welfare. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Ms. Yamazaki has decades of experience in the human-animal bond and animal welfare fields. For example, she has served on the Board of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and is Vice-Chair of the Boards of the Japanese Service Dog Resource Center and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Hearing Dogs. She is an advisor to the Executive Board of the Japanese Animal Welfare Society. She is a member of several government bodies including the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Subcommittee on Animal Welfare, the Japan Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods and the Veterinary Medical Council. She is not only an expert on animal welfare in Japan but also has extensive contacts in North America and Western Europe.