Founder, Executive Director and CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India
Vivek Menon is a leading Indian wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author, photographer and policy think tank with a passion for elephants. Founder of five environmental and nature conservation organisations, Menon spearheads Wildlife Trust of India as its Founder,
Executive Director and CEO since 1998 building it from a three-member organization to one of India’s best wildlife NGOs. Menon is the current Chair of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group, a Member of the Species Survival Commission Steering Committee and Member of the Conservation Translocation Specialist Group of IUCN with over 25 years serving on various
Specialist Groups on the Asian Rhino, Cat, Threatened Waterfowl and Medicinal Plants. His overt and covert enforcement work to combat illegal wildlife trade has won him the 2019 Clark R Bavin Award. The 2018 Whitley Continuation Award, the 2017 Round Glass Samsara Lifetime
Achievement Award and the 2001 Rufford Award for International Conservation for his work to conserve the Asian elephant are some other international recognitions for his conservation action.
Menon is the author or editor of ten wildlife books including the bestselling Indian Mammals- A
Field Guide, scores of technical reports and more than 250 articles in various scientific and popular publications. Bridging core conservation, policy, business and biodiversity, he serves on a number of governmental and non-governmental boards and committees; as an Advisory Council
Member of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development; member of the Elephant Task Force of the Ministry of Environment and Forests that suggested a complete revamp of India’s elephant conservation strategy; in the past on the Project Elephant Steering Committee, National Wildlife Action Plan Committee, CITES Advisory Committee, Governing
Council of the Central Zoo Authority and a member of several State Advisory Boards for Wildlife.
An intrepid traveler, Menon has visited over a 100 countries, walking wild lands in over half of these and addressing audiences internationally in over 30 countries, including parliamentarians in UK and Australia.