IBREAM Directors


Professor Robert Millar, Pretoria SA, Edinburgh, UK

Professor Robert (Bob) Millar grew up in Zimbabwe where he developed a passion for African wildlife and studied Zoology, Botany, and Chemistry at the University of then Rhodesia and Nyasaland. He obtained a Masters in Biochemistry in London and his Ph.D. on the reproductive biology of the hyrax in Liverpool before moving into human biomedical research at the University of Cape Town, where he became Professor ad hominem. He then became Director of the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, UK, which comprises over 100 researchers and attracts about £5 million annual funding. Since April 2011 until 2017, he was Director of the Mammal Research Institute in Pretoria.

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Associate Professor Monique Paris, Australia / The Netherlands

Monique is the Co-founder and Director of IBREAM. She is a wildlife biologist who has specialized in the area of wildlife reproduction and has expertise in many other fields (immunology, nutrition, ethology). She holds a Ph.D. from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has an active role in the current 4 IBREAM programs in terms of overall coordination, fundraising, and supervision.

Since August 2011, she has been appointed as Associate Professor at James Cook University, which now gives a solid base to Ph.D. students under the IBREAM umbrella. She also holds an Honorary Professorship status at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently also involved with gut health initiatives back in the Netherlands.

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Alan Trounson MSc, Ph.D., LLD, Hon Dr, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FATSE, FAHMS (Australia)

Alan Trounson is Emeritus Professor Monash University and Distinguished Scientist, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, (www.hudson.org.au). He is the past president of the Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2007-2014), the state's $3 billion stem cell agency driving research in stem cell biology and facilitating the translation of stem cell discoveries into clinical therapies. He was a pioneer of human in vitro fertilisation (IVF) (1977-1996), introducing fertility drugs for controlling ovulation, embryo freezing techniques, egg and embryo donation methods, early sperm microinjection methods, initiating embryo biopsy, developing in vitro oocyte maturation methods, and the vitrification of eggs and embryos. He pioneered somatic cell nuclear transfer for embryonic stem cells in mice, led the Australian team cloning cattle for the Dairy Industry and was involved in developing artificial breeding of wombats, Black Rhinos, and the frozen zoo for wild and endangered species. He led the Australian team for the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in the late 1990's and awarded the first Australian Biotechnology of Excellence in 2003. He was founding CEO of the Australian Stem Cell Centre. He was Director of the Centre for Early Human Development (1987-2003) and Deputy Director Monash Institute Reproduction and Development (1990-2003). He founded the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (120 scientists) at Monash University (2004-2007). He is presently the founding CEO/President of the start-up company Cartherics Pty Ltd., (www.cartherics.com.au), developing immune stem cell therapies for treating ovarian and gastric cancer, and sited at the Monash Health Translation Precinct, Hudson Institute, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Vic.


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Professor Patrick Pageat (France)

Professor Patrick Pageat is one of the founders of the IRSEA. In 1996 he co-founded the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology and in 1998 the European College of Companion Animals Behavioural Medicine (ECVBM-CA) which will become, during his presidency, the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). He created Phérosynthèse in 1995, with Hugues Lucas de Leyssac. Within this Institute which has since become the IRSEA, he has applied for over 200 patents. Other than his roles within the IRSEA, he is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare at the E.I. Purpan and Invited Professor at the Veterinary Faculties of Barcelona and Pisa.

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Dr. Linda Penfold (United States)

Linda is the Director at South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation which she founded in 2011. SEZARC involves a group of zoo and conservation centers focusing on solutions for reproductive challenges to support self-sustaining populations of endangered species in captivity and the wild.

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Prof Wenche Farstad (Norway)

Wenche Farstad is a Professor in Canid reproduction and works at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). She is actively involved in our canid projects and her expertise in canid semen freezing is invaluable for IBREAM in order to freeze high-quality semen of our endangered canid species, the Ethiopian wolf, and the African wild dog.

By clicking this link you can view Professor Wenche's CV which outlines her achievements and experiences that provide the canid knowledge basis behind several of our ongoing projects


Prof. André Ganswindt, Professor & Director, Mammal Research Institute (South Africa)

I study behavioral endocrinology and reproductive science in mammals, reptiles, and birds, to address proximate and ultimate questions concerning regulative endocrine mechanisms which in combination with other factors, like social or ecological changes, influence, and control animal behavior.

I am now the current Director of the Mammal Research Institute in Pretoria.


Mark van Heukelum (The Netherlands)

Mark is an enthusiastic, involved and experienced ecologist, with a great passion for the natural world. As a consultant working on water and nature development projects, he is specialized on topics like fish migration, wildlife corridors and habitat restauration. Mark is eager to involve people in wildlife (monitoring) projects, in order to create support. Examples are crowd sourced monitoring platforms, like www.wildspotter.nl & www.visspotter.nl. He has a creative mind, is a real team player and a skilful communicator.

Mark studied Forest & Nature Conservation (Msc) and Water Quality and Aquatic Ecology (Msc) at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He started the pygmy hippo research in Taï National Parc, Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and is involved in the pygmy hippo program ever since.


Prof Ian Wilmut (United Kingdom)

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut is a British embryologist and was appointed the OBE in 1999 for services in embryo development. In 1996 he was the first to clone a mammal from an adult somatic cell - the well-known sheep Dolly. Ian was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours.


Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt (Germany)

Prof Thomas B. Hildebrandt is Head of Department of Reproduction Management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany. He has extensive expertise in applying ultrasonography and other technologies to large wildlife species such as elephant and rhinoceros. He uses these tools to develop assisted breeding protocols.

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Dr. Damien Paris,  Head of Gamete & Embryology Laboratory James Cook University, Townsville (Australia)

Dr. Damien Paris  is a cross-disciplinary reproductive/molecular biologist passionate about developing assisted reproductive technologies for animal conservation and understanding the impact of adverse environmental conditions on fertility. He produced the first macropods by artificial insemination and has worked with diverse wildlife including African wild dogs, primates, marsupials, fish, frogs and crayfish. His group uses artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, hormones and behaviour coupled with gamete & molecular analysis tools to investigate the underlying mechanisms that affect gamete (sperm & egg) quality & embryo survival in both aquatic & terrestrial animals. Moreover, his group actively develops mitigation strategies that will ultimately improve breeding and conservation management of these species.


Professor Inza Cone (Ivory Coast)

Inza Koné, PhD is a Primate Conservation Biologist. He is a senior Lecturer at the Laboratory of Zoology of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Director General of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire. He has been working for more than 15 years in the fields of natural resources management and the conservation of large mammals, especially primates and their habitats in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa. His work makes the link between Ecology, Economy and Culture for the empowerment of rural communities in the field of natural resources management. Inza Koné has won several national and international awards including the 2009 Future for Nature Award (the Netherlands) and the 2012 Whitley Award for Nature Conservation (United Kingdom). He is Chairman of the African Primatological Society, co-Vice chair of the African Section of the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN/SSC, Chairman of the Evaluation Expert of the Green List of Protected areas of Côte d’Ivoire (IUCN), Member of the Pygmy Hippo Subgroup of the Hippo Specialists Group of the IUCN, Member of the Conservation Committee, the Education Committee and the Election Committee of the International Primatological Society (IPS).... Inza Koné has authored or co-authored a minimum of 64 publications in the fields of Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation and Environmental education. These comprise 43 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 09 book chapters and 10 books.



Dr Allison Kirsop, MRSC (United Kingdom)

Dr. Allison Kirsop holds a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, UK and completed postdoctoral research positions in Colorado US, and Edinburgh Medical School UK. Dr. Kirsop is IBREAM’s Web Manager and lives and works in the UK. Since 2016, she has worked as a freelance medical writer and developed online workshops in writing skills for scientists-in-training under her brand, ScienceSkills.net. She works with clients to produce published clinical manuscripts, health news articles, and more recently, online medical training and education.

Previous Advisory Board Members

Roger Collinson | Dr Henry Jabbour | Dr Rob Thomas | Prof Elissa Cameron | Dr John Hanks | Dr Mervyn Jacobson | Prof Eric Harley  |  Prof Ben Colenbrander