Guest Speaker: John E. Scanlon

With over 35,000 endangered species of animals and plants included in CITES rules, the regulatory environment for materials found in artwork, furniture, food, fragrances and fashion can be difficult for owners or crew to navigate without prior knowledge. John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from 2010-2018, is an expert in the field, and well-equipped to advise on CITES compliance and best practice on-board, offering practical solutions to prevent yachts or objects onboard from being seized and people being prosecuted due to regulatory infringements.

John E. Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks

John Scanlon served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018, where he led the global fight against illegal wildlife trade. In April of last year, he joined African Parks as its Special Envoy. John has a unique range of experience with environment and sustainable development policy, law and governance. He has worked in the private sector, in government and with the United Nations. His previous international appointments include senior positions with IUCN; the World Commission on Dams, and the UN Environment Programme. In Australia, after starting his career in private legal practice, he served as Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs, Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission and as an adviser to State and Federal Environment Ministers.  John holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws (Environmental), and is an accredited mediator. In 2011, he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to environmental law nationally and internationally.

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