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WPT Staff

Jamie Gilardi

James Gilardi Ph.D.

Executive Director

James Gilardi is the Executive Director of the World Parrot Trust. He is a conservation biologist specializing in behavioural and physiological ecology with special focus on tropical forest birds and marine vertebrates. He has studied wild parrots and other birds for more than 25 years, authoring a number of papers on ecology and parrots in the wild bird trade.
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Steve Milpacher

Steve Milpacher

Operations Director

Steve’s passion for conservation began early in life and has continued for more than 30 years. He has cared for numerous species of parrots and has traveled to study wild parrots in Central America and the Caribbean. After completing two years of undergrad studies in the biological sciences, Steve received a Certificate in Endangered Species Management from the Durrell Preservation Trust (UK). 
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Karen Whitley

Karen Whitley

U.K. Administrator

Karen Whitley has been the Administrator for the World Parrot Trust for the UK and the rest of the world since 1998.  She has an educational background of Business Management and employment as a Print Production Manager with a Management Consultancy firm.
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Glenn Reynolds

USA Administrator  

Glenn Reynolds has owned and bred various parrot species since 1979, starting with Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Cockatiels and eventually moving on to Hyacinth Macaws, Golden Conures, and Palm Cockatoos. A businessman with a love for parrots, Glenn has pursued a variety of parrot-related activities.
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Michelle Kooistra

Michelle Kooistra

Canada Administrator,
Production Coordinator (Publications & Campaigns)

Michelle Kooistra has been a bird lover for most of her life, so falling in step with the work of the World Parrot Trust was a natural fit. Michelle's journey through the bird world has included sharing her home with numerous cockatiels, budgies, and the occasional dove.
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Cristiana Senni

Cristiana Senni

Social Media Coordinator / Bird Trade Specialist

Cristiana Senni was born and grew up in Rome, Italy where she graduated from Art school. She then spent 8 years in New York, after which she moved back to reside in Italy. Cristiana always loved animals, and started keeping parrots about 15 years ago. She now shares her life with four male Amazons, and a female Grey parrot.
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Desi Milpacher

Desi Milpacher

Publications Editor

Desi Milpacher grew up loving animals -- rabbits, cats, horses and the occasional rescued kestrel were her companions. She grew up a dedicated conservationist and naturalist. Once in university she studied biology and other sciences, eventually graduating with a diploma in Animal Health Technology (AHT) from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada.
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Richard Kooistra

Richard Kooistra

Technical Assistance Provider

Richard has a background in Information Technology (IT) with an emphasis on web development, which has been put to good use at the WPT. He discovered his love of parrots when he and his wife began sharing their lives with a pair of cockatiels a number of years ago.
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Matt Kirchhoff

Matt Kirchhoff

Director Communications

Recently retired, Matt wanted to turn his conservation efforts towards species, and regions, that are under severe pressure from human interference. That desire led Matt to The World Parrot Trust. Aside from a professional awareness of the plight of wild parrots, Matt also has empathy for companion parrots via experience with his son's Green-cheeked Conure and Hahn’s Macaw.
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Rowan Martin

Rowan Martin Ph.D.

Africa Program Director

Rowan is an ecologist and ornithologist with a strong interest in evidence-based conservation of threatened species and ecosystems. He joined WPT in 2013 to head up WPT’s Africa programme, where he co-ordinates a variety of field projects, education initiatives and efforts to address threats posed by the wild bird trade.
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André Saidenberg DVM, Ph.D.

Brazil Program Manager

André is a Brazilian veterinarian with a special interest in medicine for birds and other wild animals. He completed his Masters degree in Veterinary Epidemiology in Microbiology in captive and free-living psittacines in 2008, his PhD working with confiscated birds undergoing the release process back into the wild in 2013 and currently postdoctoral surveys of the health of free-ranging Lear's Macaws.
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Mehd Halaouate

Mehd Halaouate

Indonesia Program Manager

Mehd has been fascinated with birds from a very early age when he lived with his family in Morocco. He has been a WPT member since 1994. In 2010 Mehd started assisting the World Parrot Trust in a program to help protect the remaining small populations of Yellow-crested Cockatoos, Mitchell’s Lorikeets and Red-and-blue Lories. 
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José Antonio Díaz Luque

José Antonio Díaz Luque

Bolivia Program Manager

José Antonio Díaz Luque is a parrot researcher who has worked in conservation projects with macaws and amazons in Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Bonaire, being involved in surveys, nest protection activities, captive birds releases, among other activities.
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Oka Dwi Prihatmoko

Oka Dwi Prihatmoko, DVM

Indonesia Program Coordinator

Veterinarian Oka Dwi Prihatmoko's role includes overseeing the well-being of wild and released parrots, ensuring the successful rehabilitation of confiscated birds and management of WPT projects underway in Indonesia.
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