Susie Ellis, PhD

Executive Director, IRF
United States

Dr. Susie Ellis has been the executive director of IRF for the past seven years, overseeing the organization’s administration, fundraising and field conservation programs in Africa and Asia. She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) African Rhino Specialist Group and Asian Rhino Specialist Group, serving as its Red List Authority. Prior to joining IRF, Ellis was a vice president at Conservation International, focusing on terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation in Asia. She has worked on projects in more than 35 countries during the course of her career, with species ranging from penguins to pandas, and now, rhinos. Ellis has written more than 100 technical papers, proceedings and book chapters. From 1991 to 2001, Ellis was senior program officer for IUCN’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. She also has worked at the Minnesota Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld in various capacities.