What We Do

International Wildlife Conservation is the international program of the National Wildlife Federation. With over 30 years of experience, the International Wildlife Conservation program combines expertise in the fields of natural resource economics, remote sensing and GIS, international law, and tropical ecology to advance market-based solutions and public policy to eliminate the loss of tropical forests around the world.

We promote “zero deforestation” agriculture production in the tropics, focusing on the commodities that have the greatest impacts on forests and wildlife, such as beef, leather, soy, palm oil, and biomaterials. Our work also focuses on advancing strong and comprehensive international agreements that protect forests and our climate.

Who We Are

Sarah Laskin
Vice President for National and International Conservation Programs
Sarah Laskin serves as the Vice President for National and International Conservation Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, leading the organization’s work to implement national and international programs in the cause of conservation and to integrate these with regional program work. Laskin is an accomplished leader and facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on global programs in conservation, science, public engagement, and storytelling.
Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Laskin spent 16 years at the National Geographic Society in their Science and Exploration Programs. There she served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Science and Exploration. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2000, Laskin spent five years working on ocean, coastal, and fishery policy issues in the Clinton Administration.
Laskin has a master’s degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard.
Barbara Bramble
Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies
Barbara serves as the Vice President of International Wildlife Conservation and Corporate Strategies at NWF. She is the Chair of the International Board of the Forest Stewardship Council, the preeminent eco-label for wood and paper products from sustainably managed forests, and formerly chaired the Board of Directors of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, which is the equivalent certification organization for biofuels and bio-based products.
Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice.
Barbara earned a J.D. from George Washington University, and a B.A.  from George Mason University.  Barbara has lived in Latin America for almost 5 years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.
Nathalie Walker
Senior Director
Nathalie Walker, Ph.D., is Director, Tropical Forest and Agriculture at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She has over 15 years of experience in researching and addressing drivers of tropical deforestation, working for the NWF, the Global Canopy Programme and Oxford University’s Department of International Development. Although she started her career working in tropical forests, recognizing that the greatest threats to forests often lie far outside of them, Dr. Walker has focused her work in recent years on the private sector, civil society and government initiatives to reduce deforestation.
Simon Hall
As manager of the Tropical Forest and Agriculture project, Simon Hall leads NWF’s work on cattle and soy in Latin America. He is the liaison to the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) as well as the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS). As the lead natural resource economist, Simon provides strategic guidance in the application of economic decision making tools and market-based approaches to conservation. Prior to joining NWF, Simon worked on land use change and agriculture expansion in frontier regions of the Brazilian Amazon as a researcher and consultant with Salisbury University and North Carolina State University.
Francisco Beduschi
NWF Lead in Brazil
Francisco works to engage the private sector and obtain commitments to only source deforestation-free cattle, toward a sector-wide solution. He is based in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil, and built his career working for the agribusiness companies, financial sector, cooperatives, and as a consultant. Since 2013 he has worked with sustainable development, especially at soy and beef markets, and participates at the Round Table for Responsible Soy – RTRS and both the Brazilian and Global Roundtable for Responsible Beef – GTPS and GRSB. Francisco graduated Agronomist in 1995, MBA in Agribusiness Market in 2000, both at ESALQ – USP, and Environmental Leadership Program at University of California, Berkeley, in 2015.
Hillary Fenrich
Hillary Fenrich works to facilitate the work of our international team particularly regarding the support of projects on cattle throughout in Latin America and leading our work in Paraguay. Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, her career focus of sustainable conservation projects led her to manage a field station on the edge of Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru and explore the heart of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Consistent hand-on collaboration on projects regarding tropical forests has given her a strong understanding of the local and global impacts of tropical deforestation.
Ethen Whattam
Senior Coordinator
Ethen Whattam is a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s International Wildlife Conservation team as a Senior Coordinator for the Tropical Forests and Agriculture project. He works to reduce deforestation and land conversion associated with the production of agricultural commodities, namely beef, leather, and soy. Prior to joining the International Team, Ethen worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and was previously a Fellow at NWF. Ethen received his BS from the University of Washington.
Emma Grier
Project Coordinator
As Project Coordinator, Emma Grier aids the work of NWF’s International Wildlife Conservation team by advocating for strong regulations to reduce deforestation and land conversion associated with the production of agricultural commodities. Prior to this role, Emma was a Fellow at NWF, and worked as a research assistant at the University of Maryland where she received her BS. She also spent time in the Kayapo Indigenous Territory in the Brazilian Amazon, studying the role of indigenous groups in conservation efforts.
Rodrigo Dias Lopes
Agribusiness and Livestock Specialist
Rodrigo Dias Lopes works engaging beef companies in Brazil to develop deforestation / conversion-free supply chains. He began his career working in large supply companies for the agribusiness sector as well as in some of the largest meatpackers in the world, and has over 7 years of experience in sustainable cattle ranching in the Amazon region. Rodrigo trained as a zootechnician and graduated from the University Gammon in Paraguaçu Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil.
Katiuscia F Moreira
Technical Consultant
Katiuscia works to provide technical support to NWF agribusiness projects to improve traceability and supply chain management systems performance. She is based in São Paulo, Brazil and she has over 7 years of experience in providing technical analysis for the agribusiness sector, working with larger companies and cooperatives utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing images, Webgis platforms and big spatial database management systems to implement and improve strategies for environmental regulation of land use and coverage of rural properties. Katiuscia is a forest engineer and graduated from UNESP-Paulista State University with post-university studies completed at FATEP-Piracicaba Technology University in georeferencing of rural and urban properties.