Pauline applies the intellectual rigour of her legal training to her passion for the environment, and specifically for wildlife conservation. For the period 2010-2012, I had the pleasure of working with her in her role as the Tiger Trade Programme Manager for TRAFFIC, at the same time the focal point on Tiger trafficking within WWF’s Tigers Alive global initiative. As a staff member and colleague, she was both inspired and determined in applying herself to the complexities of wildlife trade policy, including an understanding of the practical realities that challenge effective implementation and law enforcement. She is not afraid to think outside the box to explore solutions, and consults widely to ensure she maximises input from a diverse peer group. In short, Pauline brings both technical competence and a human face to her work, and through her personal commitment builds partnerships with dynamic acumen. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a professional of the highest order, and look forward to the chance to work with her again in her new venture at EcoJust.
James Compton, Senior Programme Director, Asia-Pacific, TRAFFIC
I’ve been working with Pauline on and off for some 6 years, either in her role as policy advisor on wildlife crime at the Dutch Public prosecutor’s office, in her campaigning efforts to tackle the illegal trade in tigers or as consultant on wildlife trade and law related topics. All I can say she is a true professional. Pauline is a generalist and a specialist at the same time, which is a hard to find combination. Her background in law, knowledge of implementing law into practice, grassroots campaigning skills, field experience, and not the least her devotion to the subject, eagerness to find practical solutions for difficult problems and great personality make her a more than distinct expert in the field of wildlife conservation.
Rikkert Reijnen, Campaigner IFAW Netherlands, Chairman of board Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation
Pauline’s thorough understanding of wildlife crime; the laws governing wildlife trade; and the parties involved in tackling the illegal trade in wildlife (ranging from customs, police and prosecutors through to NGO’s and traders) is excellent. Pauline has exceptional interpersonal skills which has led to her building up an extensive list of very useful and influential contacts working within law enforcement and the NGO community. She is an excellent communicator and a pleasure to work with.
Tania McCrea-Steele, Senior Campaigns and Prosecutions Officer IFAW, United Kingdom
I had the privilege of knowing and working closely with Pauline over the last three years (2009-2012) in my assignment as Head, TRAFFIC India, South Asia Regional Office. Along with her professional training as a lawyer, Pauline brings a very level headed approach to analyzing and presenting various aspects related to wildlife crime. She is incredibly hard working and very passionate about this field. She is keen on adapting modern analytical tools to take the war against wildlife crime to the next level. A great team person, it has been great working with her and I wish her all the very best for the future. I am sure she will continue to make a significant contribution in this field.
Samir Sinha, Chief Conservator of Forests, Indian Forest Service, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, INDIA